Since the lockdown was implemented on March 24, 2020, WOTR has been working at the frontlines, across seven states in India, being a source of support for the rural communities, especially farmers in these difficult times. We present to you a snapshot of our work — the relief measures we are undertaking on the ground to arrest the losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this issue of Ecologic, we bring you incredible stories of change and success amidst very challenging conditions. Whether such initiatives were encouraged and supported by organisations like WOTR, or picked up from observing their peers, these proactive efforts of small and marginal farmers are primarily down to the connection they instinctively feel with the soil, ‘mother earth’ and the ecosystem around. They can sense what isn’t sustainable and are willing to change even while other aspects of supply-chain, markets, and government support sorts itself out. These farmers are not stuck in the chicken-and- egg problem and are brave pioneers of the agriculture sector’s transition towards a more sustainable, climate resilient form.