This area is part of the suicide-prone district in Maharashtra (Vidharba, Wardha, yavatmal).
AID contacted Chetana Vikas (CV), an NGO based near Wardha, Maharashtra, in 2007 as a way to be involved in the agrarian crisis resolution in the cotton belt.
CV gave a proposal for 3 years, $52,000 for each year.
AID funded $26000 (Bay Area - $6000) for 2008
CVs strategy -
1. Conduct traning workshops for farmers in their demo organic farm
2. Provide local, traditional seeds from their seed bank, help with soil and water conservation efforts
3. Organize farmers and help them manage their produce for self-reliance first and then local marketing
Visited by AID Jeevansaathis - Ravi, Aravinda, Kiran and AID SDs Vishwajeet in Feb 2009, Kiran planning on working long-term with CV.
CVs 2009 plan -
1. Open up more demo farms in remote villages so that more villagers are able to see the benefits of low-input/organic farming
2. Conduct more trainings
More information at http://wiki.aidindia.org/bayarea/index.php/Chetna_Vikas