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Empowering women farmers by promoting the Women Farmer Producers’ Organization on sustainable agricultural practices

Empowering women farmers through formation and strengthening of Womens farmers producers organization

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Karnataka state has the 2nd largest area under rainfed agriculture. More than 80% of the farmers are small producers having one to two hectare land. Poverty overlaps with rainfed agriculture. Nearly half of the food produced is contributed by the small producers and share of small producers in total food production is increasing. However, agriculture, especially rainfed agriculture is under serious crisis due to various factors. NSSO 2009-10 results indicate 56% of rural women are self employed compared to 54 rural men. Majority of these self employed women are from small, marginal or oral lessee farmers engaged in farming. These farm women are the most productive workforce in agriculture. However, they have little control over the land, investment or income decision; little access to knowledge, information, government benefits – entitlements, institutional credit as they are not considered as farmers. Poverty alleviation and agriculture revival programme hence need to focus on rural women and their institutions. The problem analysis in the proposed project area is clearly indicates the following • Lack institutional arrangement for decision making, leadership, conflict resolution, savings and credit management and proper linkages for up-gradation of knowledge and skill. • Lack of opportunities for women to understand and application of innovative technologies in agriculture development. • Not availability of rural women cadre (Community resource persons) to handhold women self help groups and scale up the innovative agricultural practices at village level. • Women group members have not come together and established formal institution as Producers Organization at cluster level to sustain their forward and backward linkages.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The proposed project area is Madhugiri taluka of Tumkur district, Karnataka state, India Women constitute around 47% of the agricultural workforce and have the primary responsibility of producing food for domestic consumption. The gender equality is the most important determinant of food security. Women play an essential role in agricultural production and in the provision of a sustainable livelihood for their families.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The proposed project is aiming at empowering women members towards collective actions & self-sufficiency through establishing Women farmers Producers Organizations. The Project is proposed to be taken up in 27 villages in Madhugiri taluka of Tumkur district the block is one of the backward district of Karnataka. 40% of its population belongs to dalit and tribals communities. As per the agro climatic classifications, the taluka comes under central dry zone and is highly drought prone area.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

There are around 239 women groups formed with the membership of 3824 members in 17 habitations of the Madhugiri taluka, Tumkur district, Karnataka state. These women groups are working towards sustainable agriculture for improving their livelihoods and family incomes. Among the total of 239 women members, 70 members have already been identified as representatives of the groups to capacitate them as a Women Community Resource Persons (WCRPs). These WCRPs would further work on transfer of technologies related to sustainable agriculture and reach all women of the respective groups to convert them as best practitioners of sustainable agriculture and to enhance their livelihoods and family incomes. The concept of WCRPs has been evolved after the need assessment of the group members in view of generating income and sustainability of agriculture practices. However there is enormous scope for building the capacities of women & converting them as best practitioners of sustainable agriculture

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

This project aims at improving the livelihoods of women farmers through sustainable agriculture practices and confidence building women farmers, specially, marginal and small farmers in dry lands through promoting viable Women farmers producers organization. The creation of institutional structures as a logical outcome will strengthen the sustainability of the livelihood options of women farmers on a strong foundation and process of transformation. Women community resource person (WCRP) will be equipped with skills and techniques by training and capacity building in the area of sustainable agriculture practices to sustain this process. Expected Impacts of the project are as follows • Timely availability of inputs for agriculture through collective procurement helps women farmers to save time and money • Remunerative price for their produce as FPOs can meet the traders and bargain for better price. • Availability of tools and equipments for completing agricultural operations on t

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

In India, Karnataka state has the 2nd largest area under rainfed agriculture. More than 80% of the farmers are small producers having one to two hectare dry land. Poverty overlaps with rainfed agriculture. Nearly half of the food produced is contributed by the small producers and share of small producers in total food production is increasing. However, agriculture, especially rainfed agriculture is under serious crisis due to various factors like frequent droughts, impacts of climate change, declining soil fertility, lack of proper pricing, lack of infrastructure facility etc.. NSSO 2009-10 survey results indicate that 56% of rural women are self employed compared to 54 rural men. Majority of these self employed women are from small, marginal or oral lessee farmers engaged in farming. These farm women are the most productive workforce in agriculture. However, they have little control over the land, investment or income decision; little access to knowledge, information.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Existing women SHGs of the project area will be taken into consideration for the purpose of women FPO The women farmers of the area are aware about the group approach and have inclination to become part of the self help groups (SHG) to act collectively to address the issues related to them. Already there are SHGs existing and functioning which are promoted by AVISHKAR and other development agencies including line departments and financial institutions. This is a good opportunity for the project to recognize the existing local level institutions and to take them into the fold of project to strengthen them further to function effectively and to make use the project intervention supports for their betterment and for the development of agriculture in their villages. In the project proposed location the Banks existence fairly found good which will become a opportunity for the project to facilitate women farmers to access to the required credit facilities to improve their agriculture

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

 The AVISHKAR have formed & strengthened 270 women Self Help Groups, Joint Liability Groups (JLG) covering 4730 members & have saved an amount of INR 86 lakhs. Of the 270 SHGs, 228 women SHGs and JLGs have access to bank for saving and credit management.  Formed &strengthened 20 farmers clubs and two Farmers Producers Organizations with 2632 small and marginal farmers covering 26 villages  Established a successful model for broadening the livelihood base through tree based farming, organic farming, cultivation of vegetables through organic farming methods and access to government departments and research institutions in the district.  The NGO is serving the communities and women in the project villages since ten years and has gained the trust of the community.  The committed and transparent processes adopted by the NGO will bring the desired results and impacts.  Responding to the needs and situations, ensuring community involvement through innovative methods.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

It is proposed that all women Self Help Groups (SHGs) would be an implementing partner’s of the project at habitation level and necessary support would be taken from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Hirehalli for capacity building especially on technical aspects of agriculture development. We would also involve other local non-governmental organization (NGO), agriculture department, horticulture department and NABARD for support in implementation of the proposed project.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Pilot: We have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users. The feasibility of an innovation is tested in a small-scale and real world application (i.e. 3-15% of the target population)

Group or Organization Name

AVISHKAR (Association for Village institutions,Social,Health,Agriculture and Rural development)

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

• AVISHKAR has rich experience in the implementation of the land based development and women development programs since ten years. • The organization has implemented projects such as- Promoted two farmer producer companies (FPOs) involving 2000 farmers from 22 villages in Koratagere taluka of Tumkur district. • Formed and sustained 239 women SHGs and JLGS with 3824 members. Totally 228 women SHGs and JLGs have linked to bank and government departments and availing benefits. In this 70% of the women self help groups are self–sustained and are running successfully. • The NGO has got rich experience during the implementation of NABARD sponsored Sustainable organic vegetable cultivation through Vegetable growers association in 15 villages during 2014-2016. • The Farmer Technology Transfer Fund (FTTF) project was implemented in Tumkur taluka very successfully. It has become a pioneer in promotion of organic vegetable cultivation with eco friendly cultivation practices. NGOs,

Website URL:

http;//www.avishkarngo.org

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

India

Organization Headquarters: City / State

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Photo of Marie-Noëlle. RUBANGIZA
Team

Bonjour, Excellente idée; nous vous souhaitons pleins succès pour ce que vous faites.

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Team

Thank you sir your support,we are very much interested strenthening of women farmers livelihoods through formation of women farmers producers organization.we train the women farmers on improved agriculture technologies and organic farming and encourage for value addition for agricuture produces.we develop market linkages whole sale traders companies production units and avoid the middleman interference through women farmers producers organizations

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