বাদাবন (Badabon) is Bengali for ‘mangroves’ and the logo has been created through consultation with, and for, a Farmers’ Producer Organization from The Sunderbans Region in 2018 to draw attention to the bountiful natural resource of the famed delta. The FPO intends to emerge as a sustainable business through end to end management by collective of small and marginal farmers of The Sunderbans Region for naturally grown farm and forest produce.
In little less than a year’s time, the FPO has established a supply chain for wild forest honey and secured the Organic label under the PGS framework of Government of India. The honey is collected from beehives formed naturally by Apis Dorsata, a rare species of giant honey bee, by ‘Moulis’ of the delta (expert honey gatherers), in traditional method and skills honed over the ages.
We strongly advocate necessity of FPOs to curve a path out of poverty for small scale farmers.
More than a billion people in the world are employed in agriculture, and in India, one out of four are farmers or agricultural workers.
Representing about 85% of the farmers globally and key constituent of the world’s poor, these smallholder farmers typically farm on 1-2 hectares of land, lack access to knowledge and technology, resulting in poor yields. Then they deal with a market that almost always fail them and then at the mercy of increasing climate change.
The bright spot is the resilience of these smallholder farmers. For the resilience to translate into success for them as well as for the sake of millions who rely on them for food security, they need support in end to end of the agriculture process – knowledge, technology and markets.