Small farmers and safe vegetable cultivation – September 2020 – Issue 22.3


The World is evolving its own ways of coping with the crisis – a crisis which is unprecedented causing enormous disruption to all processes -health, social and economic well being of the human kind.The ever resilient farming communities and other enthusiasts are constantly creating new service ecosystems to deal with emerging challenges.

Vegetables have been an integral component of the farming system – for rural communities. Be it household kitchen gardens serving for balanced nutrition for farmer’s family, healthy community exchange as well as potential markets. New urban hobbyists and enthusiasts are taking plunge into growing and consuming healthy foods. Vegetables have become a first choice for consumers interested in promoting and also being part of  organic movements.  It has also become a possible commodity to forge digital linkages between consumers and producers, especially in COVID times.

In such difficult times, we are very thankful to our authors and readers for strengthening Knowledge sharing and exchange. We, as LEISA India team, are extremely grateful to your spirited support.

We earnestly pray for the welfare of the farming communities who are relentlessly pursuing farming and all those who are helping them in the field – they too are COVID warriors. May God bless them!!!

4. Editorial

5.Vegetable-based farming system – Enhancing gains through appropriate crop combinations

Wajih S, Singh BK, Singh AK and Srivastava A

10. Kutumba Kai Thottas

GREEN Foundation

12. Organic vegetable cultivation

A Anandakumar

15. Producing vegetables locally

Usha S, Manju M Nair and Devika AS

18. In the news

20. Eco alternatives for small-holder farmers

Lakpa Sherpa and Ram Bahadur Rana

23. Our garden, Our life

Suresh Kanna

25. Value addition through solar drying

Rakesh K Warrier and Mahesh N Lade

28. New Books

29. Sources

30. Urban farming initiatives

Deborah Dutta

34. Digital solutions for marketing

Venkat Maroju



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