Empowering Communities: The Journey of Seed Conservation and Farmer Collaboration

In 1994, our initiative to support small-scale and marginal farmers in India began modestly by distributing native seed varieties around Thalli, Tamil Nadu. This small step quickly evolved into a comprehensive biodiversity conservation programme that remains a cornerstone of our efforts towards empowering communities. During the early years, we collaborated closely with farmers, conducting extensive research on the traits of various indigenous seeds. We identified and retrieved nearly 100 different types of minor millets, dryland paddy, and oilseeds for further trials at our Thalli farm. Over three years, our outreach expanded significantly, growing from engaging just 5 farmers to supporting 105, reflecting our deepening commitment to agricultural diversity and farmer empowerment. https://www.greenfoundation.in/journey-so-far/