MADHYAM Foundation awarded & State Level Cooperative Conference of Women Vegetable growers in Odisha

On 14th December 2013 more than 200 women vegetable farmers from an AWO International supported project joint a state level conference in Bhubaneshwar, Odhisa / India. The regional partner MADHYAM Foundation was awarded for its successful approach to boost income and nutrition in remote areas of Odhisa.  

AWO International supports MADHYAM Foundation for the cooperation project “Promoting Livelihood Security through Vegetable Growers Cooperatives”. The project is implemented for the last four years in three districts of Odhisa. The establishment of women vegetable cooperatives is the first of this kind in the State. 20 vegetable cooperatives were set up with a total of 5000 women farmers as members from small landholding families.

The cooperation project with MADHYAM has brought significant changes at household level income (the average income has been increased about 30.000-40.000 Indian Rupees per acre of land) such as in context of better nutrition (in the last three years the own vegetable consumption per household grew from 150-200 gram to 900 gram to 1 Kg) such as for women empowerment.

As recognition of the reached results the National Government of India and the State Government of Odisha jointly have awarded the partner organization with a large program to replicate the current project model supported by AWO International in other areas.

On 14th December 2014 delegates of the vegetable cooperatives came to the state capital Bhubaneshwar to interact with government representatives such as Dr. Neelam Grewal (Director of Research, Women in Agriculture, Govt. of India) and Mrs. Nibedita Nayak (Chairperson of the State Social Welfare Board) to report about the amazing results that changed the life of many and that were reached by help of simple but effective organic agriculture technologies that also minimize the input costs for seeds, pesticides and fertilizers. Every cooperative presented products and applied technologies at a fairground outside the conference building. The three best stalls were awarded.

Earlier, MADHYAM Foundation was honored on the occasion of the World Kitchen Garden Day, on 25th August, 2013 at Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha for its pioneering work in promoting vegetable cultivation in the backward regions of the State. The award was given by the Senior Agriculture Scientists Association of Odisha, Odisha Farmers Development Trust and Sahabhagi Vikas Abhiyan. Mr. Subrat Kumar Singhdeo, Executive Director of MADHYAM Foundation welcomed the award on behalf of its partner NGOs and of the more than 10.000 women vegetable farmers the organization is currently working with.

A group of women farmers present the work of their vegetable cooperative in an exhibition

Executive Director & Project Coordinator of MADHYAM and Regional Representative of AWO International are welcomed at the conference

A women vegetable farmer shares her experiences about her livelihood and personal empowerment