Jaiveek Pathshalaa
Caritas India Jaiveek Pathshalaa

Farmers in many of the target villages are vulnerable to the fragile ecosystem, lack of access to inputs, appropriate technology and access to the market. Conventional farming has been followed for more than two decades, which usually has deleterious effects on the soil fertility due to imbalance and improper use of agrochemicals leading to a gradual soil decline as well as in the agriculture productivity coupled with the increase in the cost of

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AZOLA: An Eco-friendly Bio-Fertilizer & Livestock Fodder
Cartias India Azolla

Azolla is a small leaf floating pteridophyte of Azollaceae family; it forms a symbiotic relationship with the Cyno-bacterium Anabaena which fix atmospheric nitrogen and gives the plant access to the essential nutrients. Cyano bacteria obtain energy through photosynthesis and very often Cyano bacteria phylum is alternatively called “blue-green algae”. Azolla keeps symbiotic blue-green algae, Anabeana Azollae, which simultaneously fixes and assimilates

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Bamboo Propagation Technique
Caritas India Bamboo propagation at village

For every rural household in North East India, bamboos are a part of life. Bamboo finds its place in construction, furniture and flooring, handicrafts and a host of other things. Bamboo also has a considerable demand in the markets of the region. Bamboo plants are perennial which grow from rhizomes underground growths that form buds and culms. Propagating bamboo involves separating rhizomes from parent plants before they begin to sprout new growth

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Banana Trunk Nursery for Growing Vegetable Seedlings
Caritas India Banana trunk

Once banana is harvested, the plant is generally abandoned and left to die. However, this banana trunk could be used to grow vegetable seedlings. Banana trunk nursery technique is an easy and cost-effective process for promoting vegetable cultivation. It’s a zero-budget technology as the resources are easily available in rural areas. The process requires easily available dry cow dung, soil, and seeds. Several holes are made into the trunk and then

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Sunny is happy with Sustainable Farming
Caritas India sustainable farming

Mr. Sunny D’Souza, a farmer from Mangalore has 11 acres of land was practicing Chemical farming till 2004. The workshop on organic farming organised by Caritas India in Mangalore encouraged him to do organic farming in his land. Now he is not using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. He is very happy with the new (organic) agriculture practice as it fetches good income to his family. He is producing vermicopmpost, panchagavya, Jeeva jal, Gunapajalam,

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Students rally against plastic use

More than thousand students and SHG members marched through the renowned heritage tourist place Mamallapuram in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu on Feburary 24, 2017 to spread mass awareness on ill effects of indiscriminate use of plastic. The rally was organized by the Chengalpattu Rural Development Society (CRDS) an active partner of Caritas India’s ecosystem based disaster risk reduction programme Udayam and St. Mary’s School. Caritas India

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Caritas India Partners in Maharashtra Resolve To Work on Agriculture Sovereignty

Caritas India and her partners in Maharashtra will work intensively to help communities achieve self-reliance in agriculture and food sovereignty. Diocesan Social Service Societies (DSSSs), the local partners also decided to intensify their community mobilisation efforts for fostering grassroots-level movements that will address local issues. These decisions were taken in the 2-day review-cum-reflection workshop of JEEVAN People-Led Empowerment (PLE)Caritas

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Maharashtra Women Demand Gram Sabha with Police Protection

Suman Gaikwad is one among the eight women who had filed application to make Gram Sabha functional in Beherwadi village that comes under Beed district of Maharashtra. When the previous requests fell in the deaf years, these women under the leadership of Vyshali Ugale were forced to take police protection to ensure free and fair conduct of the Gram Sabha. According to Rukmini Tokal, a member of the women Self Help Group in the village, the platform

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