Rural Interventions

Sustainable Agriculture & Improving Livelihood Opportunities of Small and Marginal Farmers (Bangalore)

The project operates in the villages in drought prone area of Ranibennur and Hirekeruru taluk, Haveri District, Karnataka Kolar district, Karnataka. Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for the majority of the population in the area. This district is one of the most backward, where livelihood of farmers is not secure. The project is committed to help uphold the livelihood of the farming community by promoting sustainable agriculture, with a special focus on women farmers. The major focus is on providing livelihood opportunities for rural based women in 20 villages empowering them to self sufficiency by strengthening the participation in the empowerment process – better participation in community processes, availing bank loans to access various livelihood options and other welfare schemes. Activities include formation of Self Help Groups for female farmers, promotion of sustainable agriculture and financial management and exposure. This programme promotes clusters which directly strengthen Self Help Groups and other functional linkages between women farmer groups and development agencies. The project aims at enhancing the livelihood of female farmers by supplementing their agricultural productivity and nutritional status and improving their decision making through the Farmer Field School.