SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT
A climate constrained world, with constant competition over natural resources, high levels of poverty and hunger, agricultural distress and an expectation to fulfil the growing food demand of over 1.39 billion people, all points to the need for India to urgently adopt wide scale ‘sustainable agricultural and integrated development’ practises.The Alwar district where the Swechha Farm School is located, hails from Mewat, one of the poorest regions of India, where the land is predominantly barren and the local village community has been largely insulated from mainstream access to health, education and development benefits . Over the last year we’ve been developing this region as a living prototype to promote innovations in sustainable agriculture, community development, livelihood generation, and women empowerment. Our programs are embedded through the engagement with communities of rural Rajasthan, and link agriculture with various other human development indices. They are designed to engage the community at large, especially young people, to build resilience and capacities to find long-term solutions to ecological degradation, health, and poverty, and livelihood.