Rural Producers Collectives in India

This study booklet aims to provide an overview of producers’ collectives in India, which broadly falls under the cooperative movement. It will also highlight some case studies of successful collective organizations, with a variety of organizational styles and under different laws, mainly to get a taste of the diversity of rural collectives in India.

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Ksheerasagar’s Farm: an experiment in mixed-crop, organic farming

As conventional farming techniques such as monocropping and the high use of fertilisers are proving ineffective in the face of climate change, some farmers in India are beginning to turn to mixed and organic cropping for their many benefits. This article takes a look at the techniques used in one mixed-crop, organic farm in southern Karnataka and advocates for the return to such farming methods.

Rural Community Leaders Combatting Climate Change

This article from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change tells the story of how Indian NGO Swayam Shikshan Prayog has created a network of 1,100 women entrepreneurs across India who are promoting clean energy through a complete “ecosystem” approach. Most rural households in India rely on polluting energy sources like firewood and kerosene for their…