P V Satheesh is the Director of the Deccan Development Society (DDS) in Hyderabad and the National Convenor of the Millet Network of India. DDS is a grassroots organization working in about 75 villages with women’s sanghams (voluntary village level associations of the poor) in the Medak District of Andhra Pradesh. For more details contact: P.V. Satheesh on satheeshperiyapatna@gmail. com or Vatturi srinivas on firstname.lastname@example.org
I live in the village of Pastapur in the southern part of Medak District in Andhra Pradesh. The soils here are highly unfertile and at some places, as shallow as 8 inches. The annual rainfall is an average of about 600 mm; that too is uncertain in these years of climate change. Most of the small and marginal farmers with whom I work through the NGO, Deccan Development Society [DDS], grow millets on their poor soils. But in the last 25 years since I started living here, not a single millet farmer has committed suicide.