Jayesh Bhai Jaman Bhai Bhakkad is a 41-year-old farmer from Thanapipli, Junagadh, Gujarat (western India). For 24 years, Jayesh farmed cash crops like cotton, peanuts, and vegetables using traditional farming methods. Last year, Jayesh began noticing a decline in his output and income, due in part to a fungus that was attacking his peanut crop. In response, he sought out training programs from a local university, spent INR 6000 on pesticides to combat the unknown virus that was yellowing his normally green peanut plants. However, despite Jayesh’s efforts in applying the pesticide and taking classes from the local university, his crop continued to wilt.
In June of 2018, Agribusiness Systems International (ASI) changed its name to Tanager and launched a new visual brand and website. Tanager – a species of bird identified by Charles Darwin for its unique ability to manipulate tools with its beak and adapt to different environments – was chosen to represent an organization that refines its approaches and techniques to help life-changing economic and social opportunities take flight. Those qualities of adaptation and innovation are reflected in the impact we have had in the last year.
Conditions in Andhra Pradesh, India can make life difficult for smallholder farmers. When drought combines with poor soil health, profits can be slim. To make matters worse, to save money farmers often rely on staple crops as their only food source. These staple crops are high in carbohydrates but low in vitamins and nutrients. This lack of dietary diversity leads to malnutrition, further driving down productivity and incomes. The APFMRP project – implemented by Tanager – is working in Andhra Pradesh to break this vicious cycle and give farmers the opportunity to earn more money and live happier and healthier lives.
The Ganga Women Self Help Group in Ujarwara village, Fatehpur block, Uttar Pradesh is just one of 319 SHGs formed under the Shubh Mint project. The group is comprised of twelve women, eleven of whom initially could neither read nor write their own names. This deficiency in their education had dire consequences: women were dependent on others for every aspect of their financial life, a heavy burden was placed on the one woman who was literate, and there was a general lack of confidence among the members of the group stemming from this gap in their education.
Dandu Bhulaxmi is a 56-year-old woman from Thimmapur village in Telangana, India where she lives with her husband, three sons, and her daughter. She is also a farmer – along with her husband she farms tomatoes, beans, chilies, and cabbages on a three-acre plot of land. Before joining the UNDP-funded Siddipet Horticulture Project, implemented by Tanager, Dandu and her husband struggled to produce and sell high-quality vegetables.
Tanager experts Garima Joshi and Joseph Boulier examine the challenges faced by women farmers in India and explain how Tanager’s co-created projects work to address these challenges.
President Ana Bilik thanks Tanager’s partners for helping to create economic and social mobility and stability for workers around the world.
International Day of Rural women was established by the United Nations in 2008 to recognize the contributions that rural women make to their households, communities, and the world.
Tanager is working with a group of 2,750 women farmers who will be supplying vegetables to the first IKEA store in India.
In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we are changing our name to Tanager, to reflect how we ourselves adapt to co-create ways for people to benefit from rapidly changing market dynamics.