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Seeds Of Green Revolution II

Deccan Development Society (DDS): A sustainable model with woman farmers in AP's Medak district.

Seeds Of Green Revolution II
Seeds Of Green Revolution II
As the debate on food security rages on, it's worth looking at the success of Deccan Development Society (DDS), a sustainable model with woman farmers in Andhra Pradesh's Medak district. These 5,000 women from 75 villages, says DDS director P.V. Satheesh, are 'multiple-marginalised' both economically and in terms of gender and caste. DDS in partnership with other NGOs is involved in education, watershed and forestation projects. The initiative has facilitated the cultivation of more than 5,000 acres of fallow land. In Zaheerabad, for instance, where the average employment was less than 200 days, the society brought in 100 additional days of employment. Women sanghams have forested 1,000 acres, creating eco-employment opportunities. Besides, in the last 5-6 years, the DDS farmers have produced 10-15 quintals of bio-fertilisers per year, half of which is consumed in-house. The initiative also involves the production of bio-pesticides and ensuring everyone gets 2-3 months of employment besides creating seasonal employment in nearby villages. The society's most impressive achievement lies in pushing food sovereignty. Seed banks are run at the village level—and the women earn a dividend on the sales. For the initiative to grow, says Satheesh, "We need to be accountable in terms of money spent and the purpose. Once achieved, DDS's form of parallel agriculture is bound to grow."
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