In South India, food-related problems like anemia, diabetes and obesitas are all too common. Over 40% of children are anemic. Our diet is sick. Archana was born in a village near Madurai where she learnt how to grow food traditionally. Now she is sharing her skills in Chennai schools. Sivalingam is a farmer committed to make Indian agriculture sustainable. Both of them decided to dedicate their lives to spreading organic farming by launching 2 social enterprises: CARE Society and myHarvest.
CARE Society organises training programmes for small scale farmers in Vilupuram district of Tamil Nadu. Their flagship project is a cooperative organic seed bank. Even if farmers want to go organic they often give up because they don’t have the right seed. In this case CARE gives them enough to start, and after one season the farmers return 2 kilos for every 1 kilo he received. In this way the “bank” keeps growing and can serve more and more farmers. $100 will help 25 farmers switch to organic farming.
myHarvest teaches kids in urban Chennai to grow their own organic food with week-long workshops in private schools, and setting up schoolgardens. To reach lower income children they now target government schools. These schools can’t afford to pay, so we are asking your help. $20 will help 10 kids set up a school garden.