Inauguration of a new Poverty Reduction and Food Security project in drought affected areas of Maharashtra

A new project for “Poverty Reduction and Food Security” was inaugurated in Maharashtra at the end of February. With financial support from AWO International, the four year project was started in five villages of Beed and Solapur districts of Maharashtra, India. The project is carried out in partnership with AFARM (Action For Agricultural Renewal in Maharashtra), one of the local development partners of AWO in India, and together with MPSSM (Mahatma Phule Samaj Sewa Mandal), one of AFARM’s network partners, who will be implementing the project at ground levels.

The project aims at reducing forced seasonal migration from the Solapur & Beed districts of drought prone regions of Maharashtra and promote livelihood and food security through introduction of a package of sustainable agricultural practices and by developing a soil and water conservation systems.    

On 25th of February, the project was inaugurated by the Block level Government Officer (chief guest) amidst a large gathering of government stakeholders, local panchayat leaders, project stakeholders, CSO/NGO members, villagers and others. During the inauguration ceremony, aim and objectives of the project, implementing strategies, target population etc. was once more shared with the people. Giving his concluding remark, the chief guest highly appreciated the nature, objectives, project strategies and selection of the beneficiaries. He also suggested AFARM and MPSSM for synergy development by working closely with the Government sector. The function was chaired by one of the AWO International project coordinators. Followed by the project inauguration ceremony, AWO International had organized a two days long orientation program to the project staff of AFARM & MPSSM.

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The inauguration

The speakers