“Forest Garden Approach” is an initiative inspired by the African project “Trees for Future”, as adapted to local Indian conditions. Educated through a 4-year training program, 1,500 farmers will plant 10,000 trees in 100 villages.
The growing of trees will protect and revitalize the land, bring nutrients back to the soil, restore biodiversity, promote sustainable farming practices, prevent flooding, erosion and landslides as well as help prevent the migration of locals to cities in search of jobs.
The project is meant to help local sugarcane farmers to diversify their crop, increase their income and simultaneously improve the environment. They will grow food in a sustainable way to be independent of aid and will build healthy soil so that a variety of fruits and vegetables can be grown to eat and trade.
The project is located in the Mandya District, Karnataka State, in the South of India, ca. 150 km east of Bangalore.
BASAID supported Phase I of this project in 2021 with 12,000 CHF and Phase II in 2022 with 10,000 CHF and will continue to support the project in its final Phase III. The project will be run in partnership with DBARDS (Don Bosco Agricultural Development Services) and the Swiss Foundation, Pro Creatura.