The Rural Agency for Social and Technological Advancement (RASTA), is a non-governmental non-profit organization. We began working in the Wayanad district, Kerala, India in 1987 as a small traditional voluntary organization. Through our steadily increasing experience in the field of rural development and organizational development processes during the past 28 years, RASTA was able to continuously extend its services and developmental activities – thematically as well as geographically.
RASTA focuses on both, marginalized people in our society, like indigenous people, small and marginal farmers, women and children, as well as the preservation of our rich and diverse nature. Our goal is the formation of a more just and peaceful society based on social justice, egality, equity and ecological awareness through the socio-economic development of rural areas in southern India.
Primary interests: Integral Design
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Introduction: The hilly district of Wayanad, Kerala is known for its rich biodiversity and cultural diversity. It is an agrarian district with nearly 90% of people depending on agriculture for sustenance. Dependency on agriculture and farm work is of particular concern for Wayanad’s tribal population which continues to represent the highest demographic in Kerala at an estimated 18%. The majority of tribal communities reside in remote and inaccessible forests areas with limited access to basic … Read more