Shohratgarh Environmental Society (SES)

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 favourable market with better premiums for the produce. The program will be covering 2000 households of 20 villages in Shohratgarh block of District Siddhartnagar. 

 

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

•1200 women farmers trained on CRA practices

•600 farmers adopted CRA practices

•3 seed banks & 3 support centers established

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

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

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

•Community based monitoring system is instituted in at 2 of project villages.

•9 Farmers field school established

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

 

Outcomes: We have so far achieved (Achievements):

1.Promotion of 27 women farmers groups 

2.Establishment of 8 Farmers Field School to promote community led extension system in 8 villages

3.4 seedbank & support centers  established through which 200 women farmers have access to quality & timely seed & farm implements & agricultural  equipments

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

5.800 women farmers capacitated on CRA practices through FFS, demonstration, training & exposures

6.350 farmers adopted SWI technologies which has enhanced productivity of wheat.

7.160 farmers adopted organic vegetable cultivation

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

 

Case Studies/Human stories:                                                                                         

Mr.Chulahi Prasad lives in chauhatta village with 09 family members.  He has 07 Bigha land for farming .Mr. Chulhai Prasad is a hard working person.Earlier, he was cultivated only two crop mainly wheat and rice with traditional method but he did not getting proper benefits .chulahi prasads life standard was not  good, his son and other family members were working in other farmer field  to fulfill their basic needs. After intervention of project in his village one day he attends the farmer meeting, he was motivated  from concept of project. After meeting he meet to facilitator and ask to join farmer field school and other farmer also want to join farmer field school. They discussing about demonstration and joined FFS.

Mr. Chulhai Prasad demonstrate wheat crop in line sowing method .It is his first efforts of line sowing in his village, other farmers criticizes Chulhai for adopting line method. But he was adamant, Mr. chulhai sensitize   other farmers for line sowing ,after some time 07 farmers   joined the efoort of line sowing too. Today Mr. Chulahi Prasad has a good farmer’s team and he organizes a meeting regularly per month at FFS. He discussed with farmers at agricultural issues and they also discussing about other social issues like as MNERGA, Pension, Road, Sanitation   etc. Mr. Chulhai was very sad to see sanitation problems in his village but he didn’t know what he can do?

One day he put this problem in their FFS meeting after discussing on this issue they decided to run an awareness campaign in his village.  Today mr. chulhai Prasad lead a campaign with their FFS members on sanitation. The   wheat crop is very good in condition today. Mr . Chulhai prasad   expects that he will get a good reward after cultivation. Mr. Chulai Prasad is active today about social and agricultural activity.