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Indian women using science to start agribusinesses
Access to science and technology is challenging in rural areas. But in Andhra Pradesh in India, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has been teaching women how to use science to shift from subsistence farming to successful agri-businesses – lifting themselves and their communities out of poverty.
In the village of Kothapally, for example, women have increased their income by almost 80 per cent through community income-generating activities, after receiving training from ICRISAT as part of an integrated watershed management programme. Bijli Lakshmi used to work as a farm labourer for a few rupees a day, until she was introduced to vermiculture. By converting degradable waste, weeds and crop residues into valuable organic manure using earthworms, she now earns an extra US$36 per month. “We can even give the worms toxic weeds that would otherwise…
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