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Workcamp on sustainable agriculture

Organization: FSL-India

Application: Volunteers must apply to our partner organizations in their own country.

Duration: Limited projects are available and requires an application for the duration of minimum of three months.

Placements: We will complete the placements of volunteers within a week of receiving the application. Volunteers can apply for an L/MTV program for a minimum of one month.

Information: FSL-India will send the required Information to the volunteers – including a pre-arrival letter, project profile, info sheet, general information and travel details. This information will be sent to the volunteers at least one month in advance.

Participation Fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees for each month

Arrivals: Volunteers arrive at Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month.

Accommodation for Volunteers: accommodation for volunteers can either be at the project, in a local host family, as a Paying guest, in a hostel–depending on the project, location and availability.

Orientation week: The program will start with a week-long orientation. Depending on the volunteer’s project location, the Orientation will be held either in Kundapur or Bangalore. This information will be sent to the volunteer at least a month in advance.

Registration: The registration will be completed during the first week of arrival.

Projects: Following the orientation week, volunteers will join their respective projects in different locations, depending on the placement.

Monitoring: Each volunteer is allocated a LTV Coordinator on his/her arrival who is a staff of FSL-India and he/she supports the volunteer in their project, and monitors the progress during their voluntary service through monitoring visits, LTV Cultural Meet, one to one sessions, emails, phone calls, reports etc. Monthly Project visits are also made by the LTV Coordinators during the placement where ever possible.

The challenge of food security, especially in the face of rising food prices, places a serious responsibility before the country. Despite immense advances in the agriculture sector, many people still sleep hungry or live under the threat of food shortage. The degradation of natural resources is also a major concern as it severely impacts the livelihoods of poor and backward communities in rural areas. In this backdrop, sustainable agriculture is one of the most effective ways to respond to the challenges of the rural community. In essence, Sustainable Agriculture refers to a set of practices adopted for cultivation that are least harmful to the environment while also ensuring a good crop. It involves crop production methods that support sustainable natural resource management to increase crop productivity, maintain biodiversity, and also are economically viable and socially acceptable.

Organic farming is generally sustainable; however, organic produce can also be cultivated on large scale industrial farms that are not sustainable. Soil and water management, organic farming, integrated pest management, and integrated nutrient management are common practices promoted under sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agricultural development, as well as employing organic farming methods, seeks food and nutritional security, improved livelihoods for our people, safe ecosystems, and sustainable economies of agriculture.

As a volunteer in this field of work you will:

• Work with the farming community and the associated organisations that assist in sustainable agriculture and/or organic farming.
• Conduct community awareness on the importance of sustainable agriculture.
• Facilitate training and capacity building on crop productivity, how to maintain biodiversity, water management, organic farming, integrated pest management, and integrated nutrient management, surveys, documentations etc.

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