Entrepreneurial organic farmers in India

by Verena Dietz

Since February 2019, our master trainers Barbara Pichler and David Bermudez have been training b|u|s trainers in India. The Trainings of Trainers (ToT) take place in the idyllic Basil Academy close to the Kaveri River in Srirangapatnam in the state of Kartnataka.

Among other things, the Academy also has agricultural demonstration areas which are made available to BDAI, the Indian Association for Biodynamic Agriculture, for introductory courses in biodynamic agriculture.

Instead of the working in their fields, flipcharts, worksheets and pinboards will now be worked on by the participants. And just as each field is worked individually, each participant concentrates on their own individual strengths and challenges in order to further develop himself and his own business with the help of the b│u│s methods.

The ToT takes place in six languages. In addition to English, the documents were also translated into Kannada, Tamil, Malialam, Telugu and Marati. The aim is to reach a large number of farmers in the southern states of India by 2020 with the trained trainer capacities. The trainings will then be passed on by BDAI to its members as a service. Sundeep Kamath, BDAI Secretary General, confirms that we are on the right track: “The cooperation with the AHA and the German Farmers’ Association has brought us a lot. The exchange and joint development of goals and measures led to a strengthening of our association. May we continue to grow together”.

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Verena Dietz

Programmme Manager

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