Due to the use of chemical farming methods in India for many years, very little information and experts are available about organic farming or non-chemical farming. Chemical farming practices are widely used in government schemes and agricultural extension. But does not pay special attention to the spread of organic farming.
Launched in 2007, Woof-India (WWOF Worldwide Opportunities onorganic Farms India) is working to impart the knowledge of organic farming required to farmers who want to engage in organic farming.
Volunteers Learning Organic Farming with the Coordinator The network, which initially had only 14 organic farms in 2007, now has more than 180 organic farms, including a number of NGOs. Currently, Woof-India’s network is spread across 18 states in India. The main objective of woof India is to help farmers to adopt organic farming methods, as well as to provide opportunities for students from different countries to work in organic farming through cultural exchange programs, as well as to explain and develop an interest in organic / biodynamic lifestyles.
Woof- India compiles a list of locations selected under the program to volunteer globally, also known as ‘woofers’. They are made available, encouraging people to travel to different countries. Therefore, there is an opportunity to increase knowledge. But you get to know the culture and way of life there. This initiative is implemented on the principle of accommodation and food by the host farmers and labor assistance by the members. This allows members to participate in Survival at a very low cost.
Volunteers helping local farmers prepare land for organic farming research
To further expand the organic farming system and the network of volunteers, wwoof-India has established 4 “WWOF Global Villages” (WGr & WGv) in India. These villages will be a guide in future organic farming research. The first WGV is set up on 4.5 acres of land in the village of Surajpura in Madhya Pradesh, near the world-famous Khajuraho Temple, the Kane River and the Panna Tiger Project. In the last five years, 15 trainees from various universities in the US and Europe and over 2000 volunteers Contextual training is done.