Sustainable Farming: Why You Need to Upgrade from Conventional to Sustainable?
Farmers don’t just work till the sun goes down, they work till the job gets done. Doesn’t matter its winter chill or summer’s heat, a farmer works so that the world can eat. As there’s a saying, “if you ate today, thank a farmer”, but how it fits in the situation where our farming community continues to ensure fresh and healthy produce availability across the nation. Moreover, food is the most basic thing for human survival. It’s a human right and core need where without adequate, nutritious food, people are unable to live and survive.
As per report, almost a billion people in the world today are chronically undernourished while many more are not sure where their next meal will come from. In this situation, we can raise the helping hand for our food maker who offered us a good night’s sleep after having three meals.
Have you ever thought of supporting the farming community and poor farmers? Here we will show you different ways to offer your gratitude to our food makers.
Here we are giving you 9 ways, how you can help the poor farmers and farming communities.
How You Can Help the Poor Farmers and Their Communities?
1) Teach Farmers about Sustainable Farming Techniques
You can help the farming community by providing them the proper knowledge on agriculture and farming practices. You can help them by enlightening and providing them modern farming practices. Farming techniques such as agroforestry, organic agriculture, and permaculture are more sustainable and practical on a small, rural scale. Moreover, poor farmers need to learn about these techniques and have access to the resources they need in order to implement them.
2) Protect and Nurture the Natural Environment
Farmers and environment, both are interlinked with one another. Nurturing the environment can offer a lot of help to the farmers. Without a healthy natural environment, long-term sustainable agricultural practices will fail. Farms must be developed in conjunction and cooperation with local ecology, not at its expense.
3) You can Think of Implementing Community – Specific Programs
Every specific region has unique characteristics which require unique needs. Implementing community – Specific Individualized programs which meet the needs of specific regions are more likely to offer huge success to the farming community. This is the approach used by the Millennium Villages Project.
4) Maintain Soil Productivity
Healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy farm which leads to increased crop yields. Rebuilding soil after intensive cultivation is necessary to maintain soil productivity. Essential soil nutrients can be replenished through techniques such as fertilization, composting, inter-planting, and crop and field rotation.
5) Sustainable Water access and Irrigation
A consistent water source is necessary for growing crops and for human survival. Rainwater harvesting systems and wells can provide water to a community, while drip irrigation systems give farmers access to water for their crops.
6) Increase Sustainable Crop Production
Sustainable farming is the best way to get into the best farming practice.
Increasing crop yields is important to improving food security and fighting undernourishment. Farmers need access to high-quality seeds of appropriate crops, as well as information about planting, growing, harvesting, and crop management.
7) Economic Organization
Economic organization can play an important role in farmer’s development. Farmers need a way to connect with customers in nearby communities in order to sell their products.
Additionally, small-scale farmers can benefit from farmer cooperatives, wherein all the farmers in a community combine their resources in order to receive a better price for their crops. Aid organizations need to invest in the infrastructure and education necessary to create viable economic systems for farmers.
8) Development Programs for Newborns and their Mothers
Providing health care services to the female farmers, mothers and newborns can help a lot for the development and welfare of the farming community.
9) Educating them to avail the benefit of Government Schemes
Government has been launching different welfare schemes for the farmers, but it’s not reached up to the grassroots level due to the lack of awareness and education among the farming community. You can help them by providing awareness and basic education for such schemes.
This is how you can support those that work in acres, not in hours!!! So if you ate today, thank a farmer who works with their blood and sweat to feed you 3 meals a day and offer a good night’s sleep.
Pronami Chetia loves to introduce herself, as a passionate writer, researcher, dreamer and believer. She believes in the power of dreams. As a woman who wants to explore every challenge under the sun. She wants to be the voice of the unheard and needy.