The best tomatoes taste like sunshine, it is said, but how exactly do you label them? Depending on who you ask, tomatoes are fruits or vegetables. Scientifically speaking, they are fruits, which is why botanists categorise them as such. But nutritionists and cooks insist they are vegetables. The tomato farmers of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh are not bothered about such classifications. Their concern is livelihoods and that’s where the Vijayavahini Charitable Foundation (VCF), an associate organisation of the Tata Trusts, comes in. VCF has been working with farmers in Chittoor since 2019 to enhance the quality, quantity and saleability of the tomatoes they cultivate. The VCF initiative has benefitted more than 6,500 farmers in 12 subdivisions of Chittoor, and the going can only get juicier.