Dearth of Agriculture is Famine
In the last 20 years, nearly 300,000 farmers have ended their lives by ingesting pesticides or by hanging themselves. Heartbreaking fact is even the pesticide the farmer bought to end his life is also from debt. If one wants to blame on long droughts, crushing debts, cursing climate, flawed govt schemes… and the list goes on and on. Or, if one wants to come forward and support there are more than hundred thousand families surviving in deep distress looking for relief. It’s being long said that “Farmer is backbone of the nation”, “Cultivation is the perfection of human beings” however today the reality is quite different in India, here the farmer is the one who sow the seed and gamble his survival with it.
How we do it?
Manabhumi organizers will directly work with local non-profit groups in the villages, surveying and assessing the victims who have not received minimum support from the government.Below is our four fold approach followed in Ananthapur, Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda districts to achieve the best results.
- We request a reliable local farmer group (NGO that is already assisting victim families with paperwork to receive exgratia from govt) to provide the information of farmers who committed suicide in their area.
- Initial assessment and verification with the beneficiary will be done over the phone, and later our volunteers visit the village/mandal to verify and further assess the situation of the beneficiary families.
- After that, beneficiary families are prioritized by considering local NGO suggestions + call verification + our volunteers feedback & assessment.
- Finally, we convene families at one place in the nearby mandal/village to provide financial support directly to the family.