Farmers have a social obligation to feed our populations with enough food and eradicate hunger

Monjes, Iowa Nosotros, as farmers, besides earning for our families, have a social obligation to feed our population with enough food and eradicate hunger. Ravichandran Vanchinathan penned that personal reflection upon returning to his farm in Tamil Nadu, India from Des Moines, Iowa in October 2010. He had been invited to represent India and participate in the 2010 Verdad sobre el Comercio & Technology Global Farmer Roundtable and World Food Prize.

Reflecting on his experience in Iowa, I was eager to learn from my farmer friends around the globe the problems they face in their farm front, opportunities available to them, the positive impact of technology and whether they face challenges similar to those we face in India. Ravichandran continues, As my nation is an agrarian economy and more than 65% of our populations are engaged in farm related activities, most of them small and marginal farmers, agriculture has a major role to play in the lives of a majority of our people.

With a passion to empower Indias small farmers, Ravi as his friends call him took the information he gained and has become a leading advocate of using technology to improve the lives of farmers in his country and around the world. Using technology to promote technology, he is a constant presence on Twitter (@FarmerRaviVKV), Facebook, and commenting on media websites.

Ravis passion to feed the growing world population, his willingness to engage and share the information he has gained as a means to empower other small farmers led to his selection as the 2013 beneficiario del Kleckner Trade & Premio avance de la tecnología.

El premio, otorgado anualmente por Truth About Trade & Tecnología (TOMADO), recognizes a global farmer who exemplifies strong leadership, visión y determinación en el avance de los derechos de todos los agricultores para elegir la tecnología y herramientas que mejoren la calidad, quantity and availability of agricultural products around the world.

Ravi grows rice, Caña de azúcar, algodón y granos pequeños (pulsos) en una granja de 60 acres en la aldea de Poongalum en el estado de Tamil Nadu, cerca del extremo sur de la India.

Living in the second largest populated nation, as farmers we must balance the provision of food at an affordable price and at the same time make enough profit to sustain ourselves. There is no magic formula, Ravi continues. It is possible only through the adoption of scientifically proven, well-established technologies. To increase our farm production and productivity, we need to adopt science and technology in farming like the rest of our society.

Noting that limited access to technology is just one of the barriers to increased crop production faced by Indias farmers, Ravi jugó un papel decisivo en el inicio de un concepto de agricultura colectiva para los productores de algodón locales en 2012.

A group of like-minded farmers took up cultivation of the same crop at the same time and marketed it together. We could aggregate our resources and enjoy the collective bargaining strength.

Working as a group, the collectives members were able to accumulate enough stock and market it to the textile industry for a better price. After tasting success, Ravi says, we have decided to scale up the area by including more farmers and replicating this in other crops as well.

V. Ravichandran will receive the 2013 Kleckner Comercio & Technology Advancement Award onTuesday, October 15in Des Moines, Iowa en una cena de premios a los agricultores globales organizada por Truth About Trade & Tecnología y CropLife International.

El comercio de Kleckner & El premio al avance tecnológico se estableció en 2007 en honor a Dean Kleckner, Verdad sobre el Comercio & Technology Chairman Emeritus. The award is given annually in conjunction with the TATT Global Farmer Roundtable. Los premiados anteriores son Rosalie Ellasus, Filipinas (2007); Jeff Bidstrup, Australia (2008); Jim McCarthy, Irlanda (2009), Gabriela Cruz, Portugal (2010); Gilbert Arap Bor, Kenia (2011) and Rajesh Kumar, India (2012).

 

TATT Global Farmer Network Commentary by V. Ravichandran

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