COVid-19 emergency fundraiser
Help rebuild the lost livelihoods of marginal farmers and daily wage earners.
It's sowing season in India. But due to the lockdown, millions of farmers and daily wage labourers have lost their livelihood. Restrictions on movement are preventing them from finding work or selling their produce. This leaves the rural poor with no disposable income to buy essential commodities.
Oorja is raising INR 100,000 (US$ 1,300) in emergency funds to support 100 farming families in Uttar Pradesh who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
We need your help to cover the cost of rice seeds and fertiliser that farmers urgently need ahead of the kharif (monsoon) season. This will help them to grow enough food to continue feeding their families.
Support the heroes who bring food to your table. INR 1,000 (US$ 13) will buy a seed and fertiliser package for one family.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India has been on complete lockdown since March 25th. This curfew-like situation has adversely and disproportionately impacted agricultural and daily wage labourers.
Most farmers earn a living from selling their produce and from labour. They earn between INR 200-300 (US$ 2.5-4) per day.
Owing to the lockdown and the implementation of social distancing measures, 89% of daily wage earners have received no income during this period. Forced to stay home and unable to leave their villages in search of work, they have remained unemployed. The harvesting of crops like wheat, maize and pulses has been delayed. This leaves many of the rural poor without any source of income and no savings.
Making agricultural inputs available to marginal farmers is an urgent challenge. They need our support to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impact on the rural economy.
Farmers in Oorja's areas of operation will be unable to buy seeds, fertiliser and other inputs for the kharif (monsoon) season, when they grow rice. The sowing time has already started in northern India. Shortage of these inputs means that farmers may lose out on the whole season, threatening their food security and income. Unless we act and agricultural supplies are provided immediately, they will be at risk of starvation.
Oorja will purchase and distribute essential seeds and fertilisers to 100 vulnerable families in Bahraich district, Uttar Pradesh. This will help families survive in times of immense hardship, while also stimulating the agricultural economy.
At a cost of INR 1,000 (US$ 13) per family, Oorja will provide 1.5 kg of quality rice seeds and 50 kg of fertilisers to each family. These inputs will enable each family to sow 1 bigha (0.2 acres) of paddy and yield 250 kg of rice, helping to feed a family of five to six people for the coming months.
You can help us in the fight to secure the rice growing season and protect the livelihoods of these farmers.
Each day that we are delayed is a lost day of the rice sowing season. Help us make it count.