By Bernard Giraud, President Livelihoods Venture
I have just returned from the Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh (India) where over 5000 adivasi villagers celebrated the 1million fruit trees they have planted this year with the Naandi Foundation. I am so happy to share with you this very impressive and touching moment! Coming from 300 villages, farmers and their families gathered on November 13th for the Forest Festival, demonstrating their commitment to the project. Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister for Rural Development (and former Minister of Environment) came especially from Delhi to express a vibrant support to the initiative: 'what you are doing in this valley opens new ways to combat poverty and develop sustainable livelihoods...'