At Amrita Bhoomi, our mission is to create models of rural autonomy and self-respect. We promote the principles of Swaraj based on food sovereignty, agroecological self-reliant farming, seed sovereignty, and rural enterprises. We envision a form of development that is socially just, respects Mother Earth, and creates dignity and equality for all.
A dependence on external markets and expensive corporate inputs has led to acute indebtedness among farmers and an epidemic of farmers suicides. Indebtedness has plagued most farm families, irrespective of size, and even middle and large farmers have been reduced to penury. There is a mass exodus from the countryside to the city. Hundreds of millions of families have already left their land to seek better fortune in the city, where their knowledge and skills are not valued, and where they are forced to live in precarious conditions.
Amrita Bhoomi intends to challenge these negative trends by working to spread agroecological-farming models that will delink farmers from external oil dependent inputs, and drastically reduce debt. The idea is to work with nature rather than attack nature with chemicals. Our ideological vision goes beyond just autonomy in farming, to encompass the entirety of rural society and economy.