Indian partners AFARM and MSS honored for innovation in rural livelihood improvements

AFARM has been awarded for the “Best Innovation impacting rural livelihoods & for its invaluable contribution in improving the lives of rural poor in Maharashtra State” in the Maharashtra Rural Livelihoods Innovation Forum (MRLIF) 2013-14”. MSS Seva has been shortlisted as a “High-Impact Innovator” for the Musahar Program at the Bihar Innovation Forum.


The MRLIF award was handed over to AFARM during a Gala Event held on 27th January 2014 in Mumbai. Honorable dignitaries from Central & State government, World Bank, Civil Society Organizations and Private Sector-CSRs were present for this Gala Event. The Award was given by the Department of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Govt. of Maharashtra & hosted by Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission- MSRLM with technical assistance of World Bank in India and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

The Thematic areas identified for innovations by State Government were, 1) Social Inclusion, 2) Financial Inclusion, 3) Livelihoods, 4) Technological innovations, 5) Media and Communications 6) Public sector Innovations 7) Social Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Business models. The 355 applications received were assessed, by applying 10 criteria namely Innovations, Impact, Inclusion, Pro-poor Content, Transformative, Scalability, Reliability, Eco Friendliness, Growth Potential through Desk Appraisal, Field Appraisals by Team of Experts and Appraisal by Eminent Juries.

Based on Assessment Results Government of Maharashtra has awarded 11 innovations, in which AFARM’s Innovation titled as “Sustainable Livelihoods Promotion - A pathway for Rainfed Marginal Farmers to come out of the Agrarian Distress” has been awarded as “Best Innovation” covering most of the identified themes of the Innovations. The award comprised of a certificate, Memento and a cheque of INR 5 Lakhs.

MSRLM has initiated the innovation award to identify, celebrate & partner with breakthrough interventions in Sustainable Livelihoods in rural Maharashtra. This award is well deserved by our target groups, their social structures, Partner NGOs & AFARM team for their active participation & dedication in promoting livelihoods of rural poor/ farmers under distress. Executive Director of AFARM, Mr. Subhash Tamboli, took this opportunity to extend his sincere gratitude to AWO International for their unconditional support & encouragement for initiatives of the organization. AFARM is supported for a livelihood project benefitting stressed subsistence and small farmers in the state of Maharastra for the last seven years.

MSS another long term partner of AWO International was selected as “High-Impact Innovator” for the Musahar Program at the Bihar Innovation Forum – II which took place in Maurya, Patna from 29. to 31. January 2014. The contribution was shortlisted from a plethora of 1500 applications in round I and from another 125 innovators in round – II. The BIF – II was an event to identify most innovative ideas and services in community development under 9 thematic areas. MSS was shortlisted with 5 others as an innovator in the Access to Public Entitlements theme across 350 applications in the category. AWO International is supporting MSS for the implementation of a livelihood project focusing on the Musahar communities since October 2009.

The MRLIF award was given to AFARM by Shri Jayram Ramesh, Honorable Union Minister for Rural Development, Govt. of India

The handed over award to AFARM comprised of a certificate, Memento and a cheque of INR 5 Lakhs

Description of the awarded AFARM Program

Description of the shortlisted MSS Program