"The southern state of Andhra Pradesh, termed the “pesticide capital of the world,” ranks second in farmer suicide; but when the human misery there became too great, a few years ago civil society organizations began initiatives to reduce farmer debt driving the epidemic. Credit went to rural women’s self-help groups for a non-pesticide approach. The state rural development ministry then supported the movement to forego chemical agriculture."
Source: Savvy Soumya Misra, “Made It,” Down to Earth, Science and Environment Online, Vol. 20, No. 16, January 15, 2009. http://www.downtoearth.org.in/cover.asp?foldername=20090115&filename=new... Accessed on February, 8, 2009.