Marina Vara

Marina Vara Gutiérrez holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Ecology and a master’s degree in International Land & Water Management by Wageningen University & Research. As a member of the team at AidEnvironment, she is interested in promoting gender-sensitive regenerative agriculture practices. She is based in the Netherlands and is involved in rural development projects in India and Uganda.
March 27, 2023

Zooming into the main cropping patterns in India

The Indian government's agricultural policies are primarily focused on the promotion of conventional agriculture, on monocropping production schemes paired with chemical agricultural inputs into the food production system. These practices had led to an increasing soil fertility problem in India over the last decades. As a consequence, there has been a rapid increase in the number of Indian farmers and state governments adopting and promoting regenerative agricultural practices. This has increased awareness about sustainable agriculture among farmers that live in rural areas where access to information about these practices is limited or nonexistent.
March 20, 2023

Women friendly agricultural hand tool to improve the quality of life of rural women farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkand, India

Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy. Agriculture in India is largely dependent on manual labour and hand tools, as mechanised farming methods are not commonly used. Although in other parts of rural India farmers use hand tools for many farming operations, in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand manual agriculture is still the most common practice.