Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana: Empowering women farmers

MSSRF started work with widows of farmers who had committed suicide in Vidarbha, Maharshtra in 2006 to promote sustainable agriculture as an option to cope the on-going issues in making farming as viable option to secure livelihoods and household nutrition. The work was extended to cover other women farmers in 2007, organise them into women farmers’ groups – Mahila Kisan Samitis and capacitate them in sustainable agriculture practices, aspects of food and nutrition security and awareness about their entitlements under different government schemes. The programme built the capacity of 3265 women farmers across 60 villages in Wardha and Yavatmal districts, Maharastra on sustainable agricultural practices and eventually nurtured a cadre of 21 skilled women leaders as community professionals.
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