CHETNA PROJECT: SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS, PROCESSES AND RELATIONSHIPS
Stepping ahead in organic agriculture
‘We also visited a village that joined the cooperation ten years ago. You could tell that they had been at it for a longer period of time; they want to expand, take new steps. The cotton field was beautiful, with lots of high plants and many white bolls. It was rather impressive to be able to talk to the village people about their challenges, for instance in terms of water. There is barely any water which complicates crop growth and harvest. After the plantation, we visited a new field office. This is where they learn people transferring to organic farming how they should farm. Two years ago, they did this in a wooden shack, now there is a proper building with two halls and an outside space.’ Nicolet saw with her own eyes that Chetna invests in the skills of the farmers and in expanding organic farming on the whole.
School visit: developments in education
Everything Chetna does is aimed at a better future or people and the environment. As the future is in the hands of the young, Chetna also invests in a better education or the children of the farmers and factory workers. Nicolet: ‘We went to a school that we support with our project. The girls performed a dance show and we danced along. We could see what was built with our support. For instance, all sanitary provisions had been renovated.