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  project name ~ Tribal Farming Initiative

category ~ Rural Development and Environment




  Project Name


Tribal Farming Initiative



Tribal Health Initiative



Rural Development and Environment






Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


$ 4000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Sumod Mohan











Tribal Farming Initiative is a movement to help farmers in the valley to form collectives where they share their knowledge and are slowly shifting to traditional seeds and ways of farming. Natural manure and organic pesticides are replacing life-killing chemicals. External debts are being replaced by internal loans. There is a pride in being in control of all what is needed the seeds, the manure and the pesticide. Women groups help to process the produce so that wealth can be made in their homes instead of the demeaning labour in a city slum.
The continuous efforts of Tribal Farming Initiative helped the organic farmers to organize under one roof called Sittilingi Valley Organic Farmers Association (SOFA). At present 57 farmers are members of this association and they applied for group organic certification in Department of organic certification, Tamilnadu. Now they are in the process of finding ways to improve their organic practices and making pesticides free valley.





1. Built stoned floor for cowsheds 2. Built concrete drying yards for an easy drying of the agricultural products. It lead to an increase in the quality of the final products.





To attain self-sustainability in farming for all the farmers in the Sittilingi valley It is possible: 1. By returning to traditional seeds and traditional farming practices 2. By increasing farm biodiversity 3. To learn and use organic fertilisers and pesticides 4. Doing soil improvement and water conservation measures Objectives of the current project 5. To strengthen the Sittilingi Valley Organic Farmers Association (SOFA) 6. Awareness creation of organic farming 7. Increase in number of farmers doing organic farming 8. To help the farmers to make their own organic fertilizers and pesticides



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