Asian Institute of Management (AIM)

Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Jul 2016 - 31 May 2017

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Introduction

Uttar Pradesh is the most populous State in India is primarily an agrarian economy with more than 70% of the population dependent on agriculture and allied activities for their livelihood. According to Census 2011 about 16 percent of the country’s total population lives in the State (around 20 crore population). The poverty level of the state is around 33% which is higher than the national average of 27.6%. Uttar Pradesh accounts for the largest share of production in country with 1/5th of the country’s food grain production.  

Despite women farmer’s significant contribution in agriculture workforce (85.4%; NSS, 66 round report), women farmers are neither being recognized nor been able to get benefit of a common farmer. Even agriculture census and other large scale surveys always collect information by household without disaggregating gender based data. More than half of women are employed in agricultural sector in all regions of Uttar Pradesh. Various studies show that despite the very significant role of women in agriculture production, women farmer’s contribution has never been acknowledged, recognized and rewarded. Small holding women farmers are having limited knowledge on climate resilient agriculture which reduces productivity. Due to poor market access and lack of collective bargaining power also women farmers are not able to sale their produces in fair price. They are having limited access over agriculture inputs and institutional credit too which are hindrance towards their livelihood. 

 

About the Project:

The project aims at improving livelihood of small & marginal farmers, especially women farmers, through enhanced resilience of agriculture in Uttar Pradesh. Over 70% population in the state depends on agriculture for their livelihood. However, effects of frequent drought, flood and localized effects of climatic variation, puts the agricultural production system under tremendous stress. This has resulted into poor and unsustainable productivity leading to chronic poverty to farming families, especially those having small land holdings. The project intends to build capacity of farmers on sustainable and climate resilient cropping practices, set up a pilot to initiate a federation for self-sustainable agriculture develop work in the project area and link the community with government schemes for convergence of resources at village level. 

 

Results to be Achieved / Impact:

The project intend to achieve following results by the end of the project: 

  • The household income of approximately 1,500 women farmers will be increased by 30%. 
  • At least 1,500 women farmers will adopt integrated climate resilient agriculture practices. 
  • Knowledge of at least 1,500 women farmers will enhance on CRA practices and they will be linked to government schemes. 
  • A self-managed federation of women farmers will be operational in the project area
  • At least 50% of project villages will be tapping government resources based on their village agriculture development plan.