Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet
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Food and Agriculture
Rima Singh meticulously conducted primary interviews to understand the nexus between crop diversity and diet diversity poised for implementation at the intersection of agriculture, sustenance, and food security.
Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS), a part of the Andhra Pradesh Community National Farming (APCNF) project, aims to transform the farming practices of 6 million farmers across 6 million hectares and 50 million customers, by focusing on agroecological practices.
This project is the largest agroecology shift in the world, with 630,000 farmers actively involved. As a Climate Corps fellow, Rima aimed to study the relationship between crop diversity and the diet diversity of natural farming and chemical farming families.
Rima approached the task with a comprehensive strategy, which encompassed several key facets:
- Conducting field research: Rima began by understanding the workings of the organisation and understanding the cropping patterns and food consumption patterns of the area, collecting primary data from respondents.
- Strategic considerations: Rima utilised qualitative and quantitative data to augment the workings of RySS and its Health and Nutrition Department.
- Analysis: Rima’s analysis helped RySS understand its potential and strengthen its resolve to promote natural farming, continuing to bring more chemical farmers into its fold along with landless families.
The cross-sectional study clarifies the crucial connection between dietary diversity and crop diversity, which has important ramifications for public health and agricultural practices. The results highlight how environmentally friendly farming practices can help solve important agricultural problems and promote more varied and healthful diets.
Thereby, this work strengthened the resolve of RySS and APCNF at large, advancing self-sufficient and sustainable agricultural methods that benefit both farmers and society.