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  • Seed Exchange Fair. Promoting traditional seeds conservation, and climate change adaptation
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    Seed Exchange Fair. Promoting traditional seeds conservation, and climate change adaptation

    With over 127 agro-climatic zones, the Indian agricultural landscape is a diverse one. For paddy alone, there are over 1 lakh indigenous varieties cultivated in the country. Out of these, Chhattisgarh cultivates approximately 19,000 indigenous varieties. For the abundance of these varieties, quality seeds are the most essential, since they help in increasing prod... Read More

  • Hamari Prathmiktha “Swachh Jal”
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    Hamari Prathmiktha “Swachh Jal”

    Flora Khalkho is a happy woman today. But it was not long ago when, she and around 18 other families from Oraon tribal community of two hamlets of Jamjunwani village, Pathalgaon block, Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh were facing issues related to the availability of quality safe drinking water, and water for other purposes like household chores, irrigation etc. ... Read More

  • Quality, the new mantra for small scale milk producers
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    Quality, the new mantra for small scale milk producers

    India, with a population of 1.25 billion, have around 120 million cows and buffalos, and over 70 million small and large scale dairy farms. At present, the livestock sector contributes nearly 4 per cent of India’s GDP, and the dairy industry comprises of a lion’s share of the total livestock sector. India has been the world’s top milk-producing cou... Read More

  • With grit and courage, she became a Hero
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    With grit and courage, she became a Hero

    Arna Majhi, a 45-year-old, tribal woman from Boringpadar village, in Narla Block, Bhawanipatna, Orissa, lives with her husband, and her daughter. Today she works as an animator with CARE India at a Farmer Field School (FFS) under project Pathways, inspiring other women to adopt modern agricultural practices to increase their farm yield and improve their family in... Read More

  • Husenara Bibi – A Change Agent
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    Husenara Bibi – A Change Agent

    Husenara Bibi a 25-year-old woman, is a part of a Common Interest Group (CIG) called ‘Rajina’. She lives in a village called Khiri, which is part of the Bankura district of West Bengal. Through her involvement with this group she learnt about the benefits of developing a Nutrition Garden. The idea of a nutritional garden appealed to her as it guaranteed... Read More

  • There is no smallholder agriculture without women
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    There is no smallholder agriculture without women

    As per the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), rural women in developing countries play an active role in small-scale agriculture, currently accounting for 43 percent of the global agricultural labour force. Women produce more than half of all food worldwide. This despite having lesser access to agriculture related assets, inputs and services than men. In 20... Read More

  • Realizing her potential as a female farmer
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    Realizing her potential as a female farmer

    Sarojini Pradhan is  a determined woman living in Dadapada village of  Read More

  • Women Collectives: Fighting poverty, one step at a time
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    Women Collectives: Fighting poverty, one step at a time

    Tribal women in Chhattisgarh’s Jashpur district live under a constant threat of poverty, as their families own very small pieces of land and, cultivation of crops further depends on seasonal rains. During the non-farming season, men migrate to nearby villages to look for work, leaving the women behind to manage household requirements. With an aim to st... Read More

  • Flourishing Partnership to help farmers avail the benefits of Soil Health Card
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    Flourishing Partnership to help farmers avail the benefits of Soil Health Card

    Government of India has set itself an ambitious target to cover 140 million farmers by 2017 under soil health card scheme. The scheme is aimed at helping the farmers get the soil health of their individual farms tested, and recommending application of fertilizers and nutrients as per the requirement of individual farms to help farmers improve productivity through... Read More

  • Breaking the shackles of early marriage
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    Breaking the shackles of early marriage

    Sujata Majhi, determined to finish her school education & study further “I wanted to study further, but my father would never have allowed it. Nobody in my family has studied beyond primary school,” says 16-year-old Sujata Majhi, describing her situation, just a few months earli... Read More

  • Agri-Kiosks gives easy access to women farmers and enhances their productivity
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    Agri-Kiosks gives easy access to women farmers and enhances their productivity

    Agri-kiosk is a one-stop shop for all agricultural needs providing services such as soil testing, seed selection, appropriate pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Agri-kiosks also provide the latest agricultural equipment on rent which make it easily accessible for women farmers. During my recent visit to Odisha, I got t... Read More

  • Giving it back to where it belongs
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    Giving it back to where it belongs

    Banking on Change (BoC) was initiated in year 2010 with an aim to break barriers to financial inclusion and improve the quality of life of the marginalized communities, by giving people the skills to save and manage their money effectively. The overarching principle of project in the first phase was to ensure sustainability of SHGs and their federations... Read More

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