Stories from the field
Journey from Subsistence Agriculture to Sustainability
Tanuja, a 27-year-old Dalit woman farmer from village Gaira Gaon, Baluakot, lives with her husband, father-in-law and two children. Husband Kesar Ram was working in a Hotel in Bangalore since past five years. During lockdown he lost his job and was not being able to return home due to high expenditure on travel. Kesar managed to come back home after Tanuja sent the saving from home. Since then he is home.
Sustainable Livelihood Practices A Boon During Lockdown
Geeta, a 28 years old dalit woman farmer from village Dewal Askot, block of Kannalichhina has a son who is 5 years old. Her husband Kharak Ram (32 years old) works at a border road construction site. Geeta is a hard-working farmer. The family owns 0.040 hectare of land, where she has made a kitchen garden. She has also reared 10 hens and a cow.
Organic Vegetable Farming Improves Family’s Finances
Dhana Devi, a 38 years old women comes from a dalit community which resides in village Talla Gaon, a hamlet of Baluakot Gram sabha. The village has 35 Dalit families and 16 families from other castes. Dhana’s husband is a daily wage labourer. The couple has two school going children.
Women Farmers Make Barren Land Fertile
Arpan formed a group of women farmers in Hudaki village with the support of ActionAid. The group has 15 members. Women work a lot in the agriculture but are not recognised as farmer. They have very small land holdings, mostly less than 1 acres. They worked in the traditional way and had limited opportunity to learn about the new agriculture techniques. In these small landholdings they get production lasting for just for few months.
Improvement in Socio-economic Status
Women engaged in unpaid farming activities in their small patches of land got together to form farmers collective in 15 villages falling under three blocks of Pithoragarh district under the project supported by Action Aid and Orcale. During a span of one year, the women have been able to assert their rights to a dignified life and livelihood.