Capacity Building and Institutional Development of Farmer’s Groups in the field of Sustainable Agriculture and Livelihoods
Raising: Rs. 1,00,000 /-
Expected no of Beneficiaries: 4,000 (direct), 15000 (indirect)
Raising Funds for:
The rural communities of Dantewada are dependent on the surrounding natural resources for their livelihoods where the main sources are forest and farming. However, with increasing population, degradation of diversity, depletion in the size of the forest and due to the pressure of the outside world, the forest based livelihoods is becoming increasingly vulnerable and nonviable.
On the other hand agriculture is mainly practiced as a means of subsistence. Due to several factors like low productivity, primitive techniques, unavailability of market, etc., it also fails to provide a strong alternative livelihood. The extremely low economic income and declining conventional sources of livelihoods are inadequate to meet the growing aspirations of the people. This has a direct impact on various aspects of life such as health, nutrition, education and standard of living. Therefore, there is a need of strengthening existing good practices of cultivation, introducing new techniques to improve the productivity and connecting these farmers with market. In the current scenario, the food markets are flooded with fertilizer/ pesticide ridden vegetables and fruits, through this initiative of introducing organic farming to Dantewada farmers, step is taken to ensure good health and well-being of the consumers in the area and surrounding states.
In order to strengthen the livelihoods of the tribal communities an attempt is being made, incorporating diverse scopes. There is a focus on building capacity of the farmers to practice organic farming while maintaining the diversity and building upon the good traditional practices. The farmers are being institutionalized with a sense of local autonomy to ensure the sustainability. Lastly, providing farmers with an effective market linkage support so that there is more income, nutrition and food security. The market linkage is being done by establishing a Farmer’s Producer Company (FPO) owned collectively by the farmers of Dantewada. It provides a platform to these farmers to interact with the market collectively and increase their reach just from local market to different markets across the country. Therefore, with capability enhancement it also allows the farmers to fetch the best price of their produce. Currently, the FPO caters to 500 farmers directly and more than 2500 villagers indirectly.
The funding requested will be used as revolving fund (working capital) for the FPO. Therefore, instead of its disposition as expenditure, the idea is to have the amount revolving in the system and sustaining in the long run without diminishing its value.
The objective is to ensure over all welfare of the tribals of Dantewada by strengthening agriculture based livelihoods where the success of the FPO will be measured with following goals:
Reaching to 4000 people as direct beneficiaries by July 2018
Achieving 10-20% higher price of the produce through FPO in comparison to traditional market
Achieving 5-10% yearly surplus by the FPO
Building increasing returns of 10% yearly by the revolving fund
Our project has successfully engaged more than 2,500 farmers in Dantewada ensuring the criticalities of the process. With strengthening of livelihoods there is a conscious focus on local autonomy of the institutions leading it on a path of sustainability by making it an evolving self- correcting system.
The FPO has successfully procured 195 tonnes of produce in the first year of its operations and is currently supplying in 8 different states of India.
About the Organization:
Nirmaan Organization is a registered NGO started by the students of BITS Pilani in 2005 working in the areas of Education, Livelihoods and Social Leadership. In the past 12 years, Nirmaan has impacted the lives of 2,08,000+ direct beneficiaries, 5,00,000+ Indirect Beneficiaries, with 100+ passionate full time employees and 700+ strong volunteer network, with 250+ Lakhs (annually) worth of Social Impact through 5 Flagship Programs & Social innovations and 30+ projects targeting Children, Women, Youth and Farmers from diverse social backgrounds across 7 States of India supported by CSRs of several companies such as IBM, Google, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, OCL India Ltd etc., and Governments of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Assam.
To build a Knowledge driven economically empowered Society.
To promote grassroots social innovations, volunteerism, active citizenship and social leadership among the youth of the Nation.
Within the scopes of our project in Dantewada region, we are open to volunteering for different activities like needs assessment, evaluation studies, and other kind of research by volunteers.
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