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Key Achievements

The programme has so far evolved and demonstrated following innovative methodologies and models to operationalise the Sustainable Development in agriculture and environment that benefits the poor. Towards this, the program is working with a range of technologies, practices and methodologies to promote sustainable livelihoods. The important ones are;

Seed villages  - Demonstrated a model to promote social contract between seed growers with seed industry through seed villages by how small farmers can benefit as well as on how to add value to time and labour of rural women agriculture labourers by improving their skills. Here decentralized production of quality seeds were promoted in identified clusters as ‘seed villages’ backed up with capacity building on production, processing, storage and marketing in conformity with Indian seed laws and regulations. Small holders were trained in the hybrid seed production in ten different vegetables and 2376 women and 236 men farmers were trained in seed production technologies and linked with three main seed companies.

Integrated Farming system models for coastal agro-ecosystem: Crop diversification, integration and recycling of resources were promoted in the paddy mono cropped region with the introduction of livestock, vegetables, pulses and aquaculture as allied enterprises with paddy, adopted to demonstrate   coastal areas, Water use efficiency, soil conservation, crop diversification and disaster management. 800 farmers were adopted the concept in different levels of diversification to improve resource use efficiency, reduce external inputs, generate additional employment and farm income.

Eco-enterprises: Off-farm livelihoods: Through demystification of technologies, eco-entrepreneurship was promoted among rural women by enhancing their technical, managerial and marketing capacity to mobilize and organize themselves as entrepreneurs and to produce environmentally friendly products and services for Sustainable Development. Under this technologies for 15 different biological inputs were demystified and women members were trained to develop in to an ecoenterprises. The enterprises were managed by a group of women members by improving their human, economic, social and physical asset levels.

ICT enabled Functional literacy for Livelihoods: The Community Learning Centre approach with learner-centric principles adopted by the programme to promote functional literacy among women and men farmers is recognised as a best practice by UNESCO. Over one thousand women and men have become functional literates and applying the skills to improve their livelihoods.

Technologies for sustainable agriculture: Promoted integrated crop management technologies such as use of quality seeds, biofertilizers and biopesticides, composting of crop residues, use of micro nutrients, soil test based chemical inputs application, Economic Threshold Level based pest management strategies etc to improve the productivity of paddy, banana and vegetables, and rainfed crops like pulses, cotton, maize, more than 9500 ha of agriculture land has been enhanced, over 4400 farmers have been adopting sustainable agriculture practices and 310 hectares were converted into organic farming in coffee based multi-tier cropping.

Bio-industrial watersheds: The Centre has scaled up the bio-village approach at micro-watershed level through the concept of Bio-industrial watersheds in five major soil regions of India. It is demonstrated that the techniques of natural resources management on a watershed scale by constructing 108 water harvesting and conservation structures covering 1684.5 acres of land. Alongside, it created an impact among 2684 small holders by increasing their income by 10-30%. Integrated farming model was developed in 23 farm ponds and agro-forestry plantation model was established in 484 acres. Value chains were developed for milk, vegetables and pulses and products lines for marketing were evolved. 

Ground water augmentation and recharging models: Evolved methodology and demonstrated technologies for recharging ground water and deepening of the agriculture open wells for small scale irrigation in rainfed region, so far more than 100 open wells were renovated and the system is institutionalise at the community level.