Food Security through Sustainable Agricultural Practices
The project “Food Security through Sustainable Agricultural Practices” endeavors towards increase farm production through natural resource management with maintaining proper bio-diversity. Transformation of uncultivable barren land into cultivable productive land through implementation of modern techniques of improved agriculture is the foremost focus, which resulted in securing economical stability and balanced diet of the targeted beneficiaries. Food availability, access, utilization and stability are the four pillars of food security. Strengthening these pillars and mitigating hunger and poverty of the vulnerable communities is an ongoing target of this project which has been initiated by ABSK since last seven years with the support and collaboration of CFGB (Canadian Food Grain Bank) and MCC (Mennonite Central Committee, Kolkata).
Sustainable agriculture is a system of farming. It has its roots in a set of values that reflects an awareness of both ecological and social realities. It involves design and management procedures that work with natural processes to conserve all resources, minimize waste and environmental damage, while maintaining or improving farm profitability. Sustainable agriculture systems are designed to take maximum advantage of existing soil nutrient and water management for food production. As well, such systems aim to produce food that is nutritious, without being contaminated with products that might harm human health. Sustainable agriculture systems rely on crop rotations, crop diversification, animal/organic manures, green manures, off-farm organic wastes and to maintain soil fertility and productivity. Natural, biological, and cultural controls are used to manage pests, weeds and diseases.

In the year 2012, Project of Food Security was initiated by ABSK at nine targeted villages of Bolpur Sriniketan and Sainthia Block. Four hundred twenty targeted farmers were motivated to adopt the mechanism of sustainable agricultural practices through recycling the natural resources and reducing the inputs cost substantially.