Sustainability in Agriculture: SALT Model
Manipur is a mountainous region with rich biodiversity and where about 80% of the population depends extensively on agriculture for their livelihood. However, in recent years, due to the repercussions of climate change, this region has seen its average temperatures rise from 20 degree Celsius to 36 degree Celsius, thus rendering the traditional practice of “shifting agriculture” (slash and burn agriculture) virtually impossible.
In the past, land regeneration happened fairly quickly. However, with the new shifts brought around by climate change, the land is quickly slipping into degradation, leading to a decline in food production, resulting in food insecurity and hunger for the indigenious tribes and communities. It is now more important than ever for the people of these regions to embrace sustainability in agriculture in order to sustain their livelihoods.
SALT: Livelihoods and Sustenance in Indigenous communities
Anaha Trust, a domestic foundation with its heart in nurturing grassroot initiatives on societal welfare worked with developing and scaling up alternative models of sustainable agriculture. Anaha, as its commitment to work on environment, health and education primarily in Kerala and Manipur, has been supporting Mr.Gandhi – a renowned agriculture expert – in his efforts to shift away from traditional slash and burn agriculture for the past three years. In 2021, they also supported Mr.Gandhi in partnering with nonprofits for scaling up the model being developed. These NGOs were then brought in as Anaha’s partners, extending the mentoring support of the Trust to these grassroot organizations.
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