Foods Resource Bank’s India Patharkhmah program #9006
Led by Christian Reformed World Relief Committee with local partner, NEICORD
With hard work and a will to learn and get ahead, Mr. Swol has gone from being a hired hand to farming for himself to provide for his family. He lives with his wife and four children in a remote area of northern India characterized by steep mountain slopes and narrow valleys.
In 2010, Mr. Swol joined the Patharkhmah farmers group and participated in all the trainings organized by the FRB program, which teaches appropriate agricultural methods to address the challenges of the terrain. Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) allows him to plant a productive kitchen garden, and the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) produces higher rice yields. He and his neighbors are now growing enough food in their kitchen gardens and rice paddies to feed their families and earn income from the sale of their excess produce.
Mr. Swol is happy with his farm. The yield from his kitchen garden is more than he’d ever expected: he harvests around 305 kg of vegetable each season. He is also expecting a good harvest from his SRI field this year and expects to have year-round food security. He will use his income for his children’s education and to increase his family’s standard of living.
“I am so grateful for this food security program. It has given me the opportunity to learn and become self-sufficient. I will share my progress with other farmers so that they can be self-sufficient too.”
This program has been supported by FRB's Community Growing Projects. For more information or to support this program or others like it, please visit the Overseas Program page on our website www.foodsresourcebank.org