Meet India’s female ‘seed guardians’ pioneering organic farming

Andhra Pradesh, Feb 18: The ‘seed guardians’ of Odisha are pioneering new ways of sharing and storing seeds to reap a more sustainable future.

In a volatile cotton market, the mixed cropping practice that Bhimdanga’s farmers follow ensures individual food security, even if their cotton crop fails. Farmers grow cotton alongside food crops such as pumpkin, ridge gourd, lentils, and millets. Some are for their own consumption, and the rest is sold in the market. Ramprasad Sana, an entomologist and the technical head at Chetna Organic, said that the seedbanks have given 600 families food security.