Market-led improved agriculture

Overview

Small agricultural holdings constitute the vast majority of farms in many developing countries. Talking about the Indian context, up to 86%(approx.) of the total farmers are small and marginal farmers (less than 2 hectares of Landholding). 47%(approx.) of the total arable land is being owned by these small and marginal farmers.

The data indicates the dominance of small and marginal farmers in Indian agriculture and it is therefore important to uplift their status with the actions which can ensure reduction of poverty in the country.

Agriculture sector employs 80% of all economically active women in India; they comprise 33% of the agriculture labor force and 48% of the self-employed farmers.

Challenge

Despite lot of technological advancement small and marginal farmers are facing the basic challenges in agriculture which includes quality inputs for harvesting crops, new technology – capacity building and exposure.

The lack of working capital and asset creation is a big challenge which hampering the growth of the sector. Mostly small farmers do not have equipment’s, storage, grading and other marketing facilities which leads for loss in agriculture and discouraging new generation to participate in agriculture.

Several reports suggesting that framers are not willing to continue agriculture but still they are doing on subsistence level.

Strategic Approach

Our livelihoods promotion includes diversified livelihood interventions in both farm (on-farm and off-farm) as well as non-farm livelihood activities.

The entire focus has been to improve the incomes and reduce risks and vulnerabilities. In farm livelihoods, important interventions are promotion of sustainable and climate resilient agriculture, where bringing in improved technology, value addition, aggregation and market linkages for better price realization through promotion of producer organization and adequate market led interventions.

Our team comprising of subject experts is working in close association with government institutions and other partners, in order to address the complex issues faced by women farmers and improve their overall conditions.

Promoting Krishi Sakhi - A change agent and farmers friend for transferring knowledge and skills to farmers
Promoting Farmers Field School – Farmers to farmers learning
Introducing new technology and scientific practices with the active support of KVK and knowledge institutions
Facilitating and linking with market, mandi and institutional buyers for marketing from the farm gate

Empowering Women Farmers

Recognition to women farmers through
promoting women led agribusiness

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