July 2012 – Meet Natabar Sarangi, Seed Farmer, a story from Global Greengrants Fund.
India has lost 90% of its rice seed varieties. Natabar Sarangi is an 80 year-old retired school teacher. He is a seed farmer. He is hope for a healthier future for rural India. Natabar collects and saves native seeds that have almost disappeared from India’s farming communities. He spends his days caring for the 350 varieties of rice that he’s planted on his two-hectare farm and sharing these seeds and organic farming techniques with others.