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  project name ~ Revathy Saathiship

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  Project Name


Revathy Saathiship



TamilNadu OrganicFarmers Movement









Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


$ 4000


  Year Approved







   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  

  Chapter Coordinators


Karthik Suryanarayanan







Nagapattinam Collector visiting TP Nallur





Revathy, a dynamic leader in the organic farming movement in Tamil Nadu is AIDs recent Saathi (August 2004). While working on a science project with her 8th Std. students in 2002, Revathy, a school teacher and environmentalist discovered acute discontent, frustration and indebtedness among farmers. Further investigation revealed that Indias green revolution and heavy reliance on chemical inputs and hybrid seeds had rendered the farming community resource-poor and debt-ridden. Furthermore, pesticide residues persisting in the environment have been responsible for serious health problems in farmers and consumers, and have even been linked to foetal deformities. Revathy also noticed that these harmful chemicals have wreaked ecological havoc, destroying birds and wildlife.

On the other hand, organic farmers in Tamil Nadu have had enormous success in crop yields and consequently in combating farm debt. Surveying organic farms and growing techniques she understood that in order to change the face of Indian agriculture, the need of the hour is training opportunities for farmers in these methods. Revathy has recently quit her job as a school science teacher to respond to appeals from farmers across the state for help and training in organic farming methods. Revathy works with the "TN Organic Farmers Association" or "Vazhviyal Multiversity" which is part of the Multiworld Network (www.multiworld.org) and her plan is to train 1000 trainers in the next one year.





Has been successful in converting the tsunami affected salinated lands of TPNallur into fertile arable lands.





Her vision is to make Tamil Nadu a 100% organic farming state by the year 2010. She is planning and working on developing training centers across the state with model farms where organized training will be done with videos and detailed booklets of the methods.



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