Since 2006 Anisha has been working to improve the livelihood conditions of small and marginalised farmers in a very poor region about 150 kms south of Bangalore. The project area, Grampanchayat Martahalli, consists of 20 villages with a population of about 13,000. Martahalli was chosen for the following reasons:
- high use of chemicals
- farmers willing to listen
- 60 to 70% of the farmers own land
- the region is well known to Anisha
- the importance of Martahalli for spreading ideas
In 2007 a pilot project, financed by Susila Dharma, has been carried out in a limited cluster of 5 villages in order to gain experience with a number of interlinked interventions before continuing in the larger surrounding area.
No.498, Errappa Line, N.R.Colony, Murugesh Palya, Vimanapura Post,
Bangalore – 560 075, India.
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