Women’s Organic Farming

Women’s Organic Farming

  • Partner: KGSN
  • Area: Kerala
  • Project Participants: 600 women/families
  • 2018-2019
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Action Village India has supported Kerala Gandhi Smarak Nidhi (KGSN) since 2002 in organic farming, working over this time with 7200 farmers and their families enabling the farmers to achieve self-sustainability and grow organic, safe to eat produce.

During 2018 it set out an experimental pilot project to enable the existing organic farming project to expand and test the possibilities of the project and to become self-sustainable after three years.

This project aimed to improve the health and economic situation of marginalised families in six panchayats in the rural area of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, by creating an organic farming producer company that enabled the farmers to produce, market and certify their own produce of organic fruit and vegetables in a sustainable way.

This was planned to be achieved through:

  • Reducing daily living costs of 2000 families through reducing their daily costs by providing agricultural inputs to produce organic fruits and vegetables by the first year.
  • Promoting organic farming by the formation of 100 famer clubs to motivate and empower the farmers to produce their own organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Improving the health of 2000 farmers and their families by ensuring food is safe to eat through a PGS – Participatory Guarantee organic certifying System.
  • Increasing the income of the farmers through sustainable market linkages for the sale of their organic produce.
  • Building the capacities of 2000 farmers through training sessions on organic farming, marketing and certification on a yearly basis.
  • Ensuring the project is financially sustainable in the long-term through the formation of a producer company.

The Pilot Women’s Organic Farming project achieved promising results, 30 farmers’ groups were formed and running well, with 20 members each and all holding a bank account. Groups were starting to save money and sell some of their produce. However, the project also faced difficulties due to the floods. Due to a delay of sensitizing the farmers to start the producer company, the women were not at a point where they could successfully run a producer company. Unfortunately, AVI was not able to continue supporting the following phase of the project.

Current Project Funders

  • Zephyr Charitable Trust
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