The AMAZONE Project ''India''
"Complementary to our local donation Projects here in the region AMAZONE intends to concentrate its international social activities in this project."
Quote Christian Dreyer
The project regions Jharkhand and West Bengal in India
India - a land of contrasts - approximately 50 % of the population is working in agriculture. Nonetheless the yields are not sufficient to supply the increasing population with healthy and balanced food. Just in the outback, especially in the remote Areas of Jharkhand and West Bengal the harvest is not sufficient for a healthy nutrition.
The Major part of the population in these regions tries to live on subsistence farming. Due to mono culture the fields are exhausted. In addition extremes of weathers threaten the harvests. These difficult conditions only leave poor harvests for the families.
Most of the families can generate their food needs just for six to nine months per year. Especially women and childrin suffer from the malnutrition.
For this reason the world hunger organisation assists 4,500 especially vulnarable families on-site. To further expand this support the world hunger organisation and also the families depend on additional help.
Objectives of the project
- Reduction of poverty
- Improvement of the food and health situation
- Increase of productivity
- Improvement of market success
- Independence of farmers from state aid
Measures to achieve the objectives
According to the motto "help for self-help" since 2011 peasant family-run farms are further trained in training courses about resource saving farming methods and the utilisation of mixed culture. In Addition together with the farmers rainwater collection basins are installed for Irrigation so that an improved independence from the climatic conditions is achieved.
Just via These two simple measures - training and new irrigation systems - the yield was already significantly increased and thus the supply with food for the whole year was ensured. Several farms managed to achieve a surplus which could be sold on regional markets. In order to obtain good prices farmers establish committees and co-operatives. These now also administer village seed banks at many places and organise mutually utilised implements.
At all these measures the world hunger organisation with experienced local partners actively support the farmers on-site.
Sustainably integrateed farming in India and AMAZONE
As exclusive corporate partner AMAZONE supports the project until 2017. Already last year a cheque amounting to 10,000 Euros was handed over to the world hunger organisation to further advance the progress. This year the Project will be also supported by AMAZONE: With the aid of the donation it then will be possible to implement further measures to achieve the objectives on site.