Phase two Saha Astitva transitions

Monsoon Vision…

Innovating organic agriculture and improving living standards in the Tansa Valley

The Tansa Valley in the summer is a picture of deserttfication. Many kilometers of barren lands…No water supply and no means for agriculture equals no income from agriculture outside of the rain-fed rice crop.  Young men migrate to Mumbai in search of low-grade work.  Industrialisitation of the Valley appears to be superficially the answer.  But actually it is destroying an eco-fragile area and doesn’t  provide local jobs to the largely tribal population. The Saha Astitva Eco Farm prides it’s biodiverse rich oasis in the middle of the dessert. We have demonstrated and researched and restored dead soils to thriving fertility.  Addressing climate change, food supply and self-sufficiency.  Now it’s time to take the Saha Astitva model into the valley and extend the growing season to 3/4 of the year instead of just 1/4.

We are researching agricultural innovation.  Value product addition.  Promoting forest regeneration .
In our first 4 years:
  • Restored barren land to fertility using low-cost organic techniques
  • Researched high value crops
  • Created a demonstration farm with high-end facilities for city-visitors
  • Explored value addition
  • Forged partnerships with consumer groups
  • Created alliances with other NGOs
  • Built relations with the tribal community.
  • Employ and train 7 local young tribal men who have improved their community
Phase 2
How to go forwards:
Farm continues as a catalyst site for agricultural innovation, experimentation and outreach
2nd circle: gradual transformation of agriculture in the immediate area – through the people. Vijay, Laxman – 7-10 locals skills training
network of NGOs being formed – future means to
b) alliance of local NGOs
Sukh Bhumi – alliance – engagement of the boys in their own language – most inspired; as a result able to identify pests and take appropriate action
accountability, enables much more effective pest control and to take action.
c) partnerships with
people – roots to market – city
bring to area skills
Gov Depts – Forest Dept.
 outreach beyond to other farmers in the area
export/domestic
education to city kids (future consumers)