Door 2 Door Organics is starting a subscription-based home delivery service of local organic produce in Chennai. The group "Nalla Keerai" ("Good Greens") has been operating a similar program in the area for a few years. This seems similar to "Community Supported Agriculture" (CSA) system that has become popular in many parts of the world. This article in The Hindu newspaper shares more details.
In the U.S., Community Supported Agriculture has been praised for the support it provides to small farmers. Farmers are typically paid in full for subscriptions at the start of the season, when they most need funds for planting and start up. Subscribers then share the risk with farmers that there could be crop failures. When bad weather hits or pests arrive, farmers are protected from devastating financial loss, and able to stay in business for another season.At the same time, CSA's have been criticized for often being inaccessible to lower income individuals and families.
I'd love to know the thoughts of the community on this concept. Could it work in your area? Would it benefit small farmers? Is it accessible to average citizens, or only those in the upper income levels?