A STORY ON ENVIRONMENT IN INDIA
"IF THERE ARE FORESTS, IT IS GOOD FOR ALL ANIMALS… IF THERE IS NO FOREST, WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING, TEMPERATURES WILL RISE, AND OUR FARMS WILL ALSO GET DAMAGED…"
Samrajyam, a cocoa farmer from Andhra Pradesh, India
Since cocoa was introduced to India in 1965, it has become a viable crop and farmers have begun passing down the strong heritage of cocoa farming to the next generation. There is a strong cocoa farming legacy in India, where many continue to refer to cocoa trees as ‘Cadbury trees’. But as climate change intensifies, this heritage is threatened. As a result, farmers are becoming increasingly passionate about protecting their forests and preserving their connection with nature. Farmers are applying natural fertilizers, building community resilience and participating in farmer trainings to sustain their ecosystems. The cocoa farming with inter-cropping system improves biodiversity and it exists in parallel to forest conservation - because without one, the other will not thrive.