01 Jul 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
01 Jul 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
Situated on the eastern coast and home to 42 million people (Census, 2011), Odisha still remains one of the poorest states in India, with about 47.15 % of its population living below the poverty line (48% in rural and 43% in urban areas). The population is overwhelmingly rural (83%) with one of the largest concentrations of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) populations in the country (17.13% and 22.84 % of the total population respectively. The literacy rate is 73.45% (82.4% for men and 64.36% for women) which drops down to 55.53 % for SC people (55.53 % for men and 40.33 % for women) and to 37.37 % for tribal people (51.48 % for men and 33.37 % for women). Odisha has one of the lowest Human Development Index values which is 0.362 compared to the india’s HDI is 0.467 and HDI Rank is 22 out of 23. If we can add here the national average, it will be validating to suggest that HDI of Odisha is lowest. The Gender Development Index Rank is 32 out of 35 and the Gender Empowerment Measure Rank is 29 out of 35. The State is suffering from persisting disparities, endemic underdevelopment and social exclusion. Proposed project tries to address critical socio-economic issues of the state through empowering women farmers
About the Project:
Looking at the current issues of women farmers and follow up the last year activities, this year it is planned to strengthen the women producers groups and establish market linkage of their produces. It would also build capacities of women producers on different schemes and programmes. At least 200 women farmers would be aware on different government schemes and programmes of the government and at least 200 women farmers can access the benefit from government schemes (input subsidy, Jalanidhi, RKVY, NHM etc). Bank linkage is one of another important plan this year where they can become a Kisan credit holder and avail crop insurance. The women land entitlement is one of the key issues. So effort would be taken care orientation to community leaders and community resources person on land rights.Community leaders would be promoted in this year that can create evidence from the community and help in advocacy towards women farmers. The formation of district and state level network would be formed where government official, women farmers’ leaders, CSOs, NGOs, journalist and policy makers are the member of the network. From the network, a district level adviser committee would be formed by eminent personalities including 10 members from district level network as same a state level advisor committee would be formed which they can advocate for women farmers. A district level women farmer conclave would be organised where women farmers can share their issues and best practices and review the last year conclave as same in state level.
Results to be Achieved:
Quotes of Beneficiaries: “CYSD has not only helped us in the positive change in our life but we are also able to help our community members realize their dreams”