Women Action For Ecology

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Women Action for Ecological farming

Kheti Virasat Mission is working with women farmers in 14 villages in Barnala and faridkot district of Punjab. At presesnt  950 women are practicing organic kitchen gardening at their homes.

 

AID India-Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) Supported project on Organic Kitchen Gardening

With the support of AID India, KVM is working in four villages (Two in Faridkot and two in Barnala District).

This project is aimed at strengthening the role of women in providing nutritious, healthy, diverse and safe food to their family through organic kitchen gardening and creating platforms to share and promote traditional knowledge on conservation of environment. The project is slated to begin work in three villages in Faridkot district.

Strategies

  • Building a strong women’s movement against pesticide toxicity of food by growing safe, healthy and nutritious food for the family through organic kitchen gardening
  • Creating awareness about harmful effects of pesticides on health and environment  and developing the practice of preserving seeds from the produce for the next season
  • Encouraging knowledge sharing on traditional and nutritional food varieties and mobilizing participation of more women via Nav-Trinjans and an annual Bebe-Di-Rasoi (food festival)
Impacts
  •  320 women from four villages are practicing organic kitchen gardening.
  • I500 to 2500 rs per month (depend on the size of kitchen garden and members of family) were saved by women in last year.
  • Women were trained in recognition of vegetarian insects as well as non-vegetarian insects. Now they don't have any fear from pests. They now understand that these are also a part of nature. 
  • Some of the participants in this project are landless labourers. Starting a kitchen garden really helped them.
  • Seeds for growing vegetables such as pumpkin, gourds, cluster beans, lady’s finger, tindo etc were distributed to the women participating in the project. 
  • half of the women saved the vegetables seeds and also shared in their neighborhood.