PPI’s agriculture projects help train small and resource poor farmers in sustainable and organic farming techniques – how to increase yields without chemical inputs and pesticides that are damaging to the environment and human health. Farmers are trained in soil building, water conservation, seed banks, crop rotation, as well as in marketing.
PPI has supported innovative farming projects in several states. In West Bengal, PPI support for training in SRI farming helped Kheria farmers increase their rice yields. In Maharashtra, Adivasi farmers were able to increase their income through taking a second crop because they received support for irrigation. In Karnataka, soil fertility was improved with azolla. In Orissa, PPI’s support helped create a marketing outlet for farm produce. In the Thar desert of Rajasthan, earthen embankments (khadins) for retaining rainwater improved soil moisture for growing crops.