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Cofounders and Project directors
We cofounded Project Teak in the summer of 2009 in order to alleviate the concerns of the participating farmers about the Project Jatropha's viability. The global recession played a major role in their skepticism. In order to give them assurance that we were in this project for the long haul, we came up with this bonus package, in which we distributed teak, silver oak, and pongamia saplings. Teak and Silver Oak trees, which are tropical hardwood, are famous and valued for their weather resistance. They are used to make outdoor furniture, doors, and window frames. Our initial goal of Project Teak was to provide a future long term source of revenue for farmers compared to the more immediate and short term economic benefits of Jatropha curcas. In 2009, for Phase I of Project Teak, we distributed 813 teak, 1279 silver oak, and 225 pongamia saplings to 22 farmer leaders of Phase I and II of Project Jatropha..
In 2010 summer, we launched Phase II of Project Teak as a part of Global Call to Youth. Though Project Teak has become a subdivision of Global Call to Youth, we are keeping this web page separate as we plan to record the activities involving adult farmers here as opposed to the activities involving rural schools which will be covered in Global Call to Youth page. . In 2010, we involved 268 farmers from 14 villages who planted 20,000 forestry saplings such as Teak, silver oak, Pongamia, neem etc. They love those plants. The farmers were more than happy to participate in Project Teak as they got the seedlings of their choice.
In 2011, through Parivarthana, we selected six villages in Hunsur and Periyapatna taluks of Mysore district. We distributed 5260 forestry saplings ( teak, silver oak, Moringa, papaya and some ornamental plants) to 90 farmers to be planted in the field bunds. The survival rate is around 87%. Through Parivarthana, we organized 2 one day envioronmental awareness and training programs in 2011. Mr. Raje Gowda Director of Parivarthana, Mr. Yogesh, the Coordinator of Parivarthana provided technical inputs for tree planting in agricultural fields on agro forestry models.
Please contact Apoorva at email@example.com if you are interested in sponsoring Teak, Silver Oak, and Pongamia saplings to farmers or rural high schools