Disaster rehabilitation for flood affected communities through agriculture

Project Snapshot

We partnered with ACCESS Development Services to provide rehabilitation to agriculture-based livelihoods of 10,000 farmers in 20 flood affected villages in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Apart from the land & canal restoration, interventions like Green manure & gypsum were used for soil improvement measures. The project also involved trainings on better crop management practices, & introduction of new crops (Vegetables, Watermelon, Maize and Black gram) to improve farmers incomes and nutrition. The rehabilitation package focused on integrated inputs right from restoration of cultivable land, best agronomic practices, streamlining quality inputs, developing farmer based institutions as well as facilitating market linkages.

Partner

Access Development Services is a national livelihoods promotion not for profit organization with focus on incubating innovations and promoting sustainable livelihood models for the poor. It works at all levels of the value chain implementing programmes on the ground (currently in 32 locations across nine States), with a vision to build capacity of community-based institutions that deliver relevant financial and livelihood services to the poor and unreached households

Geography

Mehboobnagar, AP & Raichur, Karnataka

Tenure

June 2011- Sept 2014

Project Interventions

Farmers of Mahaboobnagar (Andhra Pradesh) and Raichur (Karnataka) districts had suffered  large-scale damages and their livelihoods were devastated after cyclonic floods in October 2009, that completely washed out their farm lands and their only source of sustenance. The project helped these farmers resume farming on their agricultural lands and enhance their crop yields with the extensive community development and livelihood restoration initiative of the project.

The project successfully restored farm-based livelihoods of nearly 10,000 households across 20 flood-affected villages, through sustainable technical and institutional delivery mechanism. As part of the project several activities like Land and Canal Restoration, Drainage cleaning, Soil fertility Improvement measures, Introduction of new crops (Vegetables, Watermelon, Maize and Black gram) to improve their income and nutrition were undertaken. An average of 500 families in each affected village were supported.  Additionally, distribution of Green Manure seeds and Gypsum were done to encourage farmers to return to cultivating their land. Water-harvesting measures and income-generation activities like livestock promotion, capacity building etc have helped rehabilitate poor and marginalized sections The entire rehabilitation efforts focused on integrated inputs right from restoration of cultivable land, streamlining quality inputs, developing farmer based institutions as well as facilitating market linkages.

Impact

  • Within 3 years, 77 percent of the land was restored in Andhra Pradesh while Karnataka saw 68 percent of its land brought back to its original shape.
  • Once the cultivation resumed, 1000 farmers were aggregated into Producer Company -Uday Tungabadhra Agriculture Producer Company Ltd (UTAPC) to strengthen their input & output capacities.
  • Establishment of an Agri-business Resource Centre (ABRC) to strengthen Producers Company business activities and to take up farm-based livelihoods through crop diversification, livestock promotion, poultry rearing; watermelon procurement etc.
  • To provide additional incomes, sustainable livelihood opportunities were provided to the farmers by establishing a poultry unit for the farmers & establishing two community managed RO water units, to not only provide additional incomes to the communities but also provide safe & clean drinking water at affordable prices.
  • To further empower the farmers & communities, plans to establish an agriculture input shop to sell seeds & fertilizers is also in the foray.