in India is one of the major sectors in its economy. Evidence of the presence of wheat and some legumes in the 6th millennium BC has been found in the Indus Valley. The "Green Revolution" of the 1970's has brought some changes in the methods but there are still a lot of farms using traditional ways of cultivating.
Even though agriculture is no dominant part of most developing countries' economies, one should consider that it can have a major impact on the whole environment.
If well-managed, agriculture can enhance livelihoods, conserve soil and water resources, preserve trees and biodiversity and contribute to the locking of carbon. On the other hand, if badly-managed, it can lead to food insecurity, environmental degradation and pollution, depletion of natural resources, contaminated food and poor nutrition and health.
Furthermore, organic farming
is a growing movement because the "Green Revolution" did not meet the expectations of the Indian population.
The variety of climates in India allows an incredible diversity of food. Each region has its own specialty: Darjeeling, for instance, is famous for cultivating one of the finest teas of the world, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir are ideal for the cultivation of apples and the southern states produce mostly rice.
We will introduce you to authentic Indian farmers, who use traditional ways of cultivation. A great opportunity to think about your own cultivation methods!