The challenge of food security, especially in the face of rising food prices, places a serious responsibility before the country. Despite immense advances in the agriculture sector, many people still sleep hungry or live under the threat of food shortage. The degradation of natural resources is also a major concern as it severely impacts the livelihoods of poor and backward communities in rural areas. In this backdrop, sustainable agriculture is one of the most effective ways to respond to the challenges of the rural community. In essence, Sustainable Agriculture refers to a set of practices adopted for cultivation that are least harmful to the environment while also ensuring a good crop. It involves crop production methods that support sustainable natural resource management to increase crop productivity, maintain biodiversity, and also are economically viable and socially acceptable.
Organic farming is generally sustainable; however, organic produce can also be cultivated on large scale industrial farms that are not sustainable. Soil and water management, organic farming, integrated pest management, and integrated nutrient management are common practices promoted under sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agricultural development, as well as employing organic farming methods, seeks food and nutritional security, improved livelihoods for our people, safe ecosystems, and sustainable economies of agriculture.
Program Highlights :
– Work with the farming community and the associated organisations that assist in sustainable agriculture and/or organic farming.
– Conduct community awareness on the importance of sustainable agriculture.
– Facilitate training and capacity building on crop productivity, how to maintain biodiversity, water management, organic farming, integrated pest management, and integrated nutrient management, surveys, documentations etc.
Kundapur : Kundapur, also known by the local name Kundapura, is a town situated near the beach, on the west coast of Karnataka state, and in close proximity to the Western Ghats – India’s prime zone for bio-diversity and known for its varied animal and plant species. Kundapura is a coastal town and taluk headquarters located at a distance of 38 Km from Udupi, in Karnataka. The name Kundapura originates from an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Kundeshwara located in the town which was built by Kundavarama, the Alupa ruler. Kundapura is also described as the town of the sun. The uniqueness of Kundapura town is that the town is surrounded by water on 3 sides. Towards the north lies the Panchagangavali River.Towards the east lies the Kalaghar River. Towards the west lie the Kodi back waters and the Arabian Sea, the south side is the only side as the main connecting land mass. Since Kundapura is a coastal town, the main attractions of this town are spectacular beaches. Apart from beaches Kundapura (the city as well as the taluk) houses the world famous temples. Kollur Mookambika Temple, Hattiangadi Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Anegudde Vinayaka Temple are few popular temples located in Kundapura Taluk.
Our Support System :
1. Orientation: The program will commence with a week-long orientation, on the 1st Monday of each month, which will prepare you for the rest of your stay in India. Depending on your project location, the orientation will be held either at Bangalore, or at Kundapur. The program schedule will be sent to you at least a month in advance.
2. Cultural Event: Once a month, we will organizes a cultural meet for all volunteers to discuss your progress, share your experiences and challenges encountered. It is a great opportunity to reconnect and use each other as a resource network to manage your projects. You will also have one-to-one on-site supervision by our coordinators, to ensure that any challenges are tracked and dealt with, at the earliest.
3. Monitoring: You will be allocated a coordinator from us on your arrival in India. The coordinator will support you in your project and monitor the progress during the voluntary service. Monthly project visits are also made by the our coordinators during the placement, whenever possible.
4. Reporting system and documentation: You would need to call the coordinator on arrival at accommodation, to be followed by a 2nd week progress call and a 3rd week monitoring visit by the coordinator. You are expected to fill in the time sheet for adequate project activities and monthly report.
5. Final evaluation: You are expected to complete and submit a Final Feedback report and Final Evaluation report at the end of your volunteering program. These reports should detail your work, progress, problems, solutions and suggestions. They will serve as valuable reference documents for new volunteers, and also enables us to develop and improve the project.