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The farmers in the village of Kummarigudem, near Mallikudurla want to form a collective so that they can leave chemical agriculture behind and return to a natural and sustainable method of farming, called Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). It’s a brave undertaking, as this is a new method of agriculture for the farmers.

The first steps have already been taken … Latest

Our Association, Sankranti e.V. is supporting this small village in Telangana through our current project Village of HOPE. We want to motivate other farmers in India and prove that, despite the competition on the world market, it is still possible to practice agriculture that won’t contaminate the soil, is good for humans and animals, and will ultimately produce food that is healthier for all of us.

In India more than 300,000 farmers have committed suicide out of desperation since 1995. This is what has motivated us to set up our project.


Indischer Waisenjunge aus einer Kleinbauernfamilie mit dem Foto seiner verstorbenen Eltern

The boy’s parents both committed suicide and now he lives with his grandmother. His brother is in an orphanage in the city of Hyderabad. (right: Prof. K. Venkatnarayana)


The farmers cultivate their land by hand, and it is usually no larger than 1 or 2 acres (0.6 -1.2ha). The competition on the global market makes things seem hopeless. Should these farmers give up? We want to help them defend their right to an independent and sustainable way of living and working.

Please support this unique project, Village of HOPE. Most of the farmers in India no longer see a way out.

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