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Sustainable livelihoods

The largest impact on inclusive and sustainable growth needs of India can be through economic empowerment in the rural regions. The crux of the issue in Indian agriculture lies in farming being a non-remunerative activity for the majority of farmers who are small landholders or marginalised. What worsens their circumstances is inefficient resource-utilisation and land degradation as well as over dependence on rain-fed agriculture. Small farmers face additional challenges of poor access to affordable and good quality inputs; lack of technical knowhow to improve productivity; weak institutional linkages; lack of affordable credit; and lack of transportation and storage facilities leading to post-harvest losses and distress sales. There are limited opportunities for non-farm livelihoods as well.

We have adopted an integrated approach of sustainable farming and a locally-relevant mix of non-farm livelihoods. This helps attain production resilience and diversification of livelihoods in order that rural households can cope with production and market risks. The key aspects cover domain interventions for enhancing livelihoods and productivity in an inclusive, participatory manner as well as initiatives to create and strengthen village-level institutions. These include: making small farming systems resilient with integrated farming systems for resource-use efficiency and higher yields, farmer aggregation and credit and market linkages; women empowerment through self-help groups, access to credit; rural enterprise development; building capacities for value addition at farm-gate; facilitation of community-owned and managed infrastructure such as for irrigation, mechanisation and value addition, and enabling access to government schemes and resources.

Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals
  • Farmer Households
  • Agri-Preneurs
  • BPL youth
  • Women
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