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Redefining Education and Extension System in the change scenario for the sake of Economic Empowerment and peace

Sustainable Agriculture and Employment Opportunity.

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

The agricultural education in India is facing with one of the biggest challenges. It has to identify its role in equipping the human resources for enhanced agricultural productivity and sustainable use of natural resources. Agriculture related science and technology had an impact on the social and economic changes that took place in the world. These sort changes gradually influence the day to day life of people at grass roots level. Agricultural education and extension have been geared to harness the modern science and technology for higher productivity and production. To cope up with changed global scenario, agricultural education and extension would have to be redefined. Agricultural economics, agri-business, marketing management, rural sociology, agricultural ethics and politics, has been built up to provide the back up for solving the problem of globalization in agriculture. Today’s problems are as follow in the sector of agriculture: Small and fragmented land-holdings,Quality of Seeds,Nature of Manures,Fertilizers and Biocides,Irrigation facilities,Lack of Technology & mechanization,Soil erosion and its awareness,Agricultural Marketing,We provides support to promote economic and market development to sustain adequate on-farm incomes which promotes stability, competitiveness, growth and transformation in the agricultural sector that may be a cause of developing peace in the community. Community-Based Natural Resource Management in which stakeholders from different backgrounds, share common problems and devise solutions. It is this grass roots approach that is driving the a major reason for its success; Local Action through local economic development and employment creation in which local Landcare groups have access to technical information and advice. Pursuing agriculture as a profession/job for a considerable time is also influenced by motivational aspects such as monetary gains, employment, better quality of life and social acceptance.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Agriculture is the most important pillars of the Indian economy. More than half of the Indian population is dependent on agriculture for its subsistence. Since the beginning years of economic development, it has been one of the main drivers of growth of the economy. Our Geography of focus includes 18 districts in West Bengal, India where there is a scope for improvement as the main livelihood of demography is agriculture and we are focusing in the Agri-sector in the form of light in the dark.

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)

Resilience, Social cohesion and positive local collective action has great importance both agriculture and sustaining peace, broadening it to social cohesion relationship with natural resource management. Agriculture represents an obvious area where such social and ecological systems are closely intertwined. Small-scale farmers and the agricultural biodiversity they manage, use and develop are integral to global food security, nutrition, both in terms of stable production over time and quality.

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

Our idea is solving on the following: • Promoting and setting up of Self- help groups, thus encouraging saving habits, and financial independence among the persons involved in this programs. • Providing avenues for literacy and education for People of the marginalized groups. • Training people in market oriented trades that can generate self-employment and wage employment opportunity. • Making available to people the benefits of the various schemes that are run by the government. • Assisting the youth in availing employability schemes. • Participating in various schemes towards uplifting socially and economically backward sections of the society. • Promoting and enabling equal opportunity for those who are differently able. Providing and facilitating this education and ensuring its maximum reach and penetration in the economically and socially backward sections with a special focus on empowerment of people which in turn participation of poverty alleviation and nation building.

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

To improve the lives of millions in poverty is to support agriculture in developing countries. Most of the world’s poor are farmers, and those who are not spend much of their income on food. Transforming a country’s agriculture sector can create jobs, raise incomes, reduce malnutrition, and kick-start the economy on a path to middle-income growth. The following are the inputs after implementing of our idea which can transforms a country’s agriculture sector like:- 1. Increased farm income 2. Decreased food prices 3. Greater employment opportunities and higher wages due to tightening demand for rural labor, including farm labor and 4. Rural to urban migration. 5. Building Economically Viable Communities 6. Renewing Civic Engagement 7. Enhancing Community Decision-Making and Governance 8. Commit to generate community Inclusiveness 9.Enhancing agricultural productivity, competitiveness, and rural growth. Impacts: reducing poverty, increasing resilience, and promoting rural prosperity.

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

Agriculture has an image problem. Simply put, for the majority of the world’s youth, agriculture simply isn’t seen as being “cool” or attractive. Most think of it only as back-breaking labor, without an economic pay-off and little room for career advancement. With an ageing population of farmers, it’s clear that agriculture needs to attract more young people. This is a global challenge: half the farmers in our India are 55 years or older. “Increased access to education and new forms of agriculture-based enterprise &/or education mean that young people can be a vital force for innovation in family farming, increasing incomes and well-being for both farmers and local communities. Young people can transform the agricultural sector by applying new technologies and new thinking”. We have to focus on investing in building capacity of young farmers and Identifying agribusiness opportunities beyond the farm & Increase access to finance for young people.

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

Our working area of some district of West Bengal region, India, is facing higher degree of poverty, unemployment, and overall deprivation in the region. Survey says, the agricultural productivity potential of the region is very high; thus, there is a need to harness the region’s agricultural resources judiciously, not only to liberate the region from its socio-economic and ecological glooms. High concentration of population, largely dependent on agriculture coupled with low infrastructure and technological development, is main reason for high poverty ratio in the region. Further, our study area, with abundance of water bodies, has very high potential for fisheries and aquaculture. Livestock is also a major resource in this region. The region’s development is much needed, by reducing un-utilization and/or under utilization of rural resources, in turn reducing unemployment, regional imbalances and disparities, inequalities of income and wealth, for the development of whole nation.

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

The focus involves research and development, instruments to reduce farmer risk, rural financial services, development of farmers’ organizations, improvement of labor mobility, and a higher quality of public sector governance. Community participation are generally critical for scaling up as are developing country governments, they can be helpful. The reason that the Community participation have often been harmful is, first, that there are so many of them and major section has been deprived by local governing bodies with their non performing policies. It can assets to help create an success as there is clear evidence that where agriculture contributes a significant portion of gross domestic product, rapid agricultural growth is an effective tool for generating overall economic growth and reducing poverty. There is also good evidence about the types of private and public investment and policy that stimulate agricultural growth.

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

We at Global Environment Research Foundation, attached with government body as PBSSD, Government of West Bengal on Agri-based research and training. Not only this we have started working with different municipalities and local bodies, NGOs and agricultural Universities and Industries. Not only that we have Schools approved by Government of India, we have started Agri training involving several others Schools for promotion of Agri-based product at an early stage.

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

Global Environment Research Foundation.

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

GERF mainly deals with the implementation of Rural Employment Generation Programme in micro level because India lives in village and till now more than 70% of India’s population resides in village. There is a huge reserve of natural resources in the village and the people in the villages are always willing to use their talents in the various fields that should their needs. GERF networks have started generation of employments through peer motivational programmes and information exchange in the rural sector that there will be remote chances for migration from villages to cities. The main objective of the organization:- To become a nerve center in terms of ideas, creativity and innovation. To promote research on agricultural educational management. To pull interests manpower in the agriculture as well as manpower from the outside. To organize special programs on agriculture practice school and vocational courses for the educational institution who wish to implement innovations.

Website URL:

http://gerfkalyani.org

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

India

Organization Headquarters: City / State

KALYANI, WEST BENGAL

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Hello Dr. Sukumar Kar great to have your idea on the platform for the challenge. It's exciting and I really like your idea. As the ideas phase comes to an end within few hours, we would encourage you to again have a last look at the evaluation criteria here: https://ideo.to/NQ6TlJ
Also, it will be exciting for your to check out other ideas on the platform, provide some feedback and explore potential areas of collaboration with them!