Monsanto Fund Projects

Impacting Livelihoods through Integrated Land & Water Resource Development

Till September 2014, Monsanto Fund has been actively engaged in various philanthropic projects in India and has been working to improve the lives of farmers and their families and communities around where we live and work.  There have been various projects that the fund had initiated and partnered with. A brief snapshot of such projects is given below.

Project Snapshot

The project aims to help sustain livelihoods of more than 3,000 agrarian households in 240 villages in Odisha, in one of the most backward regions in the Country, by providing

  • An integrated land and water resource management model
  • Improving farming systems and better market linkages.
  • Livestock rearing
  • Construction of water body structures. 

 

Partner

Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) is a not for profit organization working to promote livelihoods of rural community through direct engagement of qualified and concerned professionals. It follows an area saturation approach and currently works with over 271,921 families in 5,159 villages across 7 of the poorest states in the country

Geography

Kalahandi, Orissa

Tenure

Aug 2011- Sept 2014

Project Interventions

The project aimed on an integrated approach to land & water resource management to enhance livelihoods. With this focus, the project set out with organizing women into Self Help Groups & providing regular financial access through establishing linkages with banks & training them on better financial management. Next aspect was creating water harvesting structures for the communities enabling intensive agriculture for at least two cropping cycles. This helped the communities to move to cash crops like cotton & vegetables for commercial cultivation. The agricultural interventions focused on crop specific package of practices, increased use of farm implements like marker, weeder and sprayers for increasing crop yields, pest and disease management & input- output linkages for better prize realization.

To enhance household incomes, goat rearing was identified as an additional livelihood source for most families. The tackle the challenges of high goat mortality rate, the local communites members were trained as local paravets on goat vaccination. This intensive goat rearing program not only ensured additional livelihood opportunities but also ensured sustainable & community empowering models for livelihoods.

 

Impact

2760 families are organized into 252 SHGs covering 102 villages of two blocks of Kalahandi. Training on financial management has ensured their independence from external credits & they are able to have savings that are utilized for accessing better agricultural inputs, health care & education.

44 Irrigation infrastructure units like flow irrigation, lift irrigation, borewells, mobile pumps, farm ponds, dug wells have been created enabling the communities to take additional cropping cycles including  vegetables & other cash crops enabling additional incomes.