AFARM awarded for Good Practices in Livelihood Development of Rural Poor

500 dignitaries including members of parliament, senior officers from state & central government line agencies and representatives of local administrations & corporate sectors from all over India attended a national workshop on good practices in Bhopal. AFARMs approaches to combat poverty of small farmers have been included in the “Compendium of Good Practices” released by the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India. Mr. Chaudhary Berender Singh, Minister for Rural Development, handed over an award to Mr. Subhash Tamboli, Executive Director of AFARM, on 24th September 2015.

Out of 592 submitting organizations only 30 were recognized and facilitated for their good practices. The following good practices adopted by AFARM for the livelihood promotion of poor rural households were taken into consideration:

  • Organizing target groups in people-organizations depending upon their core interests and activities such as linking with major stakeholders through participatory processes and empowering them to evolve into organizations of the poor.
  • Handholding and troubleshooting support to people’s organizations for sustaining their groups and linking them with the long term objectives, Govt. line agencies & other resource organizations to ensure that CBOs mobilize funds for the livelihood development of its members.
  • Persuading to farmers to adopt package of practices of LEISA (Low External Inputs Sustainable Agriculture) farming technics (through on-field demonstrations & trials, farmer trainings & workshops, exposure visits, farmers field schools, livelihoods literacy classes for women) in lieu of over dependence on expensive external inputs adopted by them leading to agrarian crises.
  • Increasing cropping intensity and crop productivity through soil moisture conservation measures, rain water harvesting and promotion of micro irrigation systems.
  • Creating and improving access to small producers to improved agricultural tools through community managed agricultural implements depots.
  • Facilitating pro-poor marketing facilities through orientation and training of producer groups and micro entrepreneurs on quality, grading, packaging, primary processing, establishing market linkages with traders and wholesalers by the producer groups and collective procurement of agricultural inputs and marketing of produce, through farmer groups.
  • Micro enterprise promotion: Training and technical support to self help groups and farmer groups for taking up agriculture and livestock based micro-enterprises to diversify livelihood options, including accessing credit from banks
  • Facilitation for convergence of Govt. schemes for the promotion of livelihoods of poor communities.

The cooperation project between “Action for Agricultural Renewal in Maharastra (AFARM)” and AWO International roots back to the year 2007. In this time period the project grew from a livelihood project introducing new technologies and organizing small farmers in social structures at local level to an advocacy and networking project at regional and state level influencing policies and contributing to knowledge exchange of more than 450 civil society organizations working in the rain-fed areas of Maharastra, India.

The experiences of the BMZ (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development) supported social structure project were recently up-scaled by help of an ADH (German Relief Coalition) supported Climate Change Adaptation project. In January 2015 AWO International and AFARM will utilize the good practices in a new food security project, supported by the BMZ special initiative “One World against Hunger”.   

Minister Singh handing over the AWARD to AFARM

Certificate of recognition

Integrated project strategy of AWO – AFARM project

Target groups and addressed problems

Outcomes and intended impact of cooperation project