Centre For Youth & Social Development (CYSD)

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01 Jul 2015 - 31 Mar 2016

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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: 

  • 40 community leaders would be oriented on women land rights. 
  • At least 200 women farmers would be aware on different government schemes including NHM, RKVY, Jalnidhi and institutional credit.
  • At least 400 of women farmers access the benefits from different schemes and programmes especially from RKVY, NHM, Jalanidhi and Input subsidy.
  • Aggregation of produces (Maize, millet, vegetables and mango) in 18 producers groups and sale at market in remunerative prices.
  • 200 women producer group members would be oriented on enterprise training including Book keeping, Aggregation of products and market linkage where their bargaining power of the agriculture produces would be enhanced.
  • A District level network would be formed to advocate the issues of women farmers
  • A State level network would be formed to advocate the issues of women farmers
  • Sharing the best practices and issues before district administration and linked to the state level for advocacy process
  • Bring out two impact assessment report based on women farmers
  • Engagement with stakeholders for enhanced budgetary allocation for smallholders. For women farmers ( 33 percent allocation) – it is better to keep one policy focus and working towards achieving it 


Prior Achievements:

  • Community/ Woman Empowerment
  • 608 small and marginal farmers (Male-211 and Female-397) from 33 villages of 4 GPs of Baipariguda and Kundra blocks have been successfully trained to participate in agriculture planning processes. 
  • 24 village development plan (VDLP) have completed in 24 villages of Boipariguda (16 villages) and Kundra (8 villages) blocks.
  • 650 (M-213, F-437) small and marginal farmers  were oriented on  provision of RKVY & improve agriculture practices such as mixed cropping, inter cropping, crop rotation, SRI/line transplanting & application of organic manure.
  • 132 small women farmers have benefited under RKVY scheme (received agriculture inputs including different seeds).
  • 32 youths (Male 24 & Female 08 ) were trained  on  rules, provisions, process, steps, data collocation, application procedure, etc of  women land rights.
  • Engagement with smallholders for reducing the impact of climate change on them and making agriculture viable
  • Around 490 small and marginal farmers (Male-455 and Female-35) from 16 villages of 4 GPs of Baipariguda and Kundra blocks have successfully demonstrated and 195 hectare have been covered for sustainable agriculture practices like SRI/Line transplant for paddy cultivation.
  • Successfully demonstrated on kitchen garden in 5 hectare of land involving 315 women farmers. 
  • 16.8 hectare of mixed vegetable demonstrated through community farming approach involving 160 (M-48 & F-112) farmers from 8 villages of 4 GPs Boipariguda & Kundura Blocks, Koraput district
  • Credit linkage to 20 SHGs through the banks and 42 acre of land have mixed vegetable cultivation in 8 villages through community farming approach involving 160 of  small holder agriculture. For this intervention 160 families added their additional income from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3000.

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”