Asian Institute of Management (AIM)

Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 30 Mar 2016

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Introduction

Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India is primarily an agrarian economy with more than 70 percent population depend on agriculture for their livelihood. The poverty level of the state is around 33 percent which is higher than the national average of 27.6 percent. Uttar Pradesh is the most important agricultural state of India, not only it has the highest cropped area of 25,785 thousand hectares, but it has the highest number of over 21 million farm holdings as well. Uttar Pradesh has a population of nearly 18.6 crore, of which nearly 70% is dependent on agriculture directly or indirectly. Therefore, about 13 crore people are linked to farming activities, over 21 million land holdings and six to seven persons linked to each land holding. Agriculture is therefore the most crucial sector for socio economic development of the state. It contributes the highest share of 33% to the total income of the state. 

In Uttar Pradesh, women farmers constitute around 38 percent of total agriculture workforce. But, their access to government schemes and programs, mainstream credit institutions is very limited. One of the prime reasons behind the current deprived status of women farmer in Uttar Pradesh is limited access to and control over land.  According to a study conducted by Oxfam in 2006, Uttar Pradesh shows that only 6% of women own land, less than 1% have participated in government training programs, 4% have access to institutional credit and only 8% have control over agricultural income.

 

About the Project: 

The project is implemented with a vision to Build Resilience and increased economic leadership of smallholders specifically women farmers in Uttar Pradesh. The project will be focusing primarily on bringing changes in the lives of the most vulnerable groups i.e., women, Dalits, and other socially deprived communities having limited resources to cope with newer challenges. The program will be disseminating awareness on the impact of climate change with an objective to improve lives and livelihood of the people, enhance access to resources, and to develop a region specific resilient agriculture practices through reviving of traditional crops and initiating a favorable market with better premiums for the produce. The program will be covering 1887 households of 15 villages in Mitholi block of District Lakhimpur Kheri. 

 

Results to be Achieved / Impact: The project intend to achieve following results by the end of the year: 

•900 women farmers trained on CRA practices

•500 farmers adopted CRA practices

•3 seed banks & 3 support centers established

•400 farmers have access to agriculture inputs such as seeds, fertilizer, equipments etc.

•800  small holders especially women farmers are aware of the provisions of RKVY 

•400 small holders especially women farmers access the benefits from RKVY scheme.

•Community based monitoring system is instituted in at 8 of project villages.

•2 Farmers field school established

•400 women farmers are aware of National Food Security Act (NFSA) provisions 

 

Outcomes: We have so far achieved (Achievements):

1.Promotion of 25 women farmers groups 

2.Establishment of 4 Farmers Field School, 4 seedbank & support centers through which 200 women farmers have access to quality & timely seed & farm implements & agricultural  equipments

3.Develop the skills of the farmers by linking them with market, Panchayat Institutions and government departments for availing the Government schemes at village level.  

4.Village level plan developed for 6 villages for convergence with government schemes

5.200 farmers adopted SWI technologies which has enhanced productivity of paddy wheat.

6.Environment built for convergence & mobilizing funds from government schemes through interfaces & workshops with Gov officials

 

Case Studies/Human stories:                                                                                         

Name of the Farmer: Archana Devi

Husband’s name: Shivram

Village: Sandilwa

Block: Mitouli

District: Lakhimpur Khiri

Archana Devi (25) D/o  Shivram and her mothers name  is Jagrani. She was completed  her  7th standard when she was got married in the year 2006 .  That time she was  only 16 years old. She was married  with Babaloo Kumar  of village  Kuralan, Block Mitauli.  She born a  male child  in 2007, his name Uday Prakash  (7 years).   Her husband was  habitual drinker and physically abuse to her.  Her in-laws  were not supporting to her,  therefore she come  back her   back in  parental home Sandilawa).  who   was die   after six months after her marriage.   Husband  never come to   took her  and he remarry to another girl.

Archana Devi associated to the project since March 2013,   who is the  first  to join  and facilitate to the  formation of the Mahila Kisan Sangthan  in her villages.

In the  early stage when the  villagers are  hesitate to  sit  in Archana Devi associated to the project since March 2013,   who is the  first  to join  and facilitate to the  formation of the Mahila Kisan Sangthan  in her villages. She was assisting to the  organizing technical sessions in her villages.  

When the project have done a meeting in the Sandilwa village, Archana Devi was the come  first   to  formation of Mahila Kisan Sangthen in her villages.  Later she convinced to the other to join the Sangthan and form a strong platform. For the same she organized regular meeting in her village started  discussion regarding the new technique of the forming. The issues based on the low cost production, technology intensive forming.  She visited the    Kishan Melas, and other interface with Govt officials, agricultural scientist and other stake holders. She was instrumental to motivate   4 women   farmers to  participate in exposure visit  was held in GDS  field.  She was the pioneer in her village in  wheat  cultivation through SRI method in her field and motivated to the Savitri Devi, Ram Kishor,  Prema Devi,  Umesh Kumar to  adopt this methodology. The village farmers coming regularly to see her demonstration site and interested to the adopt this techniques