Eco-village: a holistic approach of climate smart agriculture by Abhijit Mohanty

In southern Odisha State, India, the landscape and livelihoods of the indigenous family farmers are seriously threatened by industrial agriculture, bauxite mining, large dams, changing rainfall patterns and government apathetic attitude. But, indigenous communities have decided how they want to conserve their land for their own benefit. And they are doing it successfully.

“Five years ago, we lived a miserable life as farm laborers because there were not much of work opportunities. And, as agriculture didn’t remain feasible or a reliable occupation, we had to borrow money from the Sahukar (local moneylender) more often and all our efforts were to repay the money with exorbitant rate of interest. Life was really difficult then. There was absolutely no hope but just to struggle to make a living”, Adbari Majhi recalling her difficult days of the past.

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