The program in Asia focuses on rural development based on the situation and needs of women, indigenous peoples, landless and small farmers. It is implemented by the Network of Future Earth’s 11 organizations in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra in southern India, in Ladakh in the Himalayas in northern India and in Sri Lanka. They are working to empower the above-mentioned groups and to increase the opportunity for the groups to exercise their rights.
The program strengthens the organization of these groups, develops organic farming, sales, markets and participatory certification. Together, they drive issues against the state and government, such as increased support for small farmers, increased support for traditional crops and organic farming. </ Span>
To increase self-sufficiency and sales, multi-crop systems are being developed. Together, seed banks and joint preparation of different fertilizer and mixtures are created to control diseases and insects. This increases control over crops and expenditure. Dependence on transnational corporations decreases and hence the risk of bankruptcy.
If you want to know more about the program, you can download a report prepared 2018-19.
Future Earth Asia Network Report (PDF)
The organizations also work to develop self-help groups. First and foremost, landless women participate in this activity. They help each other get free from usury loans and develop different businesses to earn an income. They sell flowers, snacks and other goods on the market. Some open simple tea shops, kiosks or engage in sewing.
The program also includes operations in the Nigeria Mountains (which extend from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka) to guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples. The right to knowledge and information is an important part of the business. They take control of traditional knowledge and disseminate information through various channels in their own languages. Development of the income-generating business is important in the villages. Processing of various products is developed as well as markets, sales chains and participatory certification.