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  • Village Resource Centres: The spokes of the information village

    Rural families in remote communities whether they are in the rainfed areas or dryland areas should be able to access up-to-date and relevant information if they are to be empowered and participate actively in the development processes. With this in mind, the principles of social inclusion, gender equity, reaching to remote areas (last mile and last person connectivity) and remedying regional imbalances were built into the concept of the village knowledge centres (VKCs) of the M.S. Swaminathan...

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  • Livelihood avenues: Reducing economic vulnerabilities

    Economic conditions can have a direct bearing on community resilience to disaster. Livelihood opportunities provide economic security that can help communities become more resilient to disasters. By analysing the community situation and identifying needs, people can discover sustainable livelihood opportunities that can provide them with additional income. It is also important to be able to recuperate the livelihood assets from disaster impacts through programmes like land reclamation and...

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  • Village Resource and Knowledge Centres as hubs for disaster preparedness

    Rural families in remote communities whether they are in the rainfed areas or dryland areas should be able to access up-to-date and relevant information if they are to be empowered and participate actively in the development processes. With this in mind, the principles of social inclusion, gender equity, reaching to remote areas (last mile and last person connectivity) and remedying regional imbalances were built into the concept of the village knowledge centres (VKCs) of the M.S. Swaminathan...

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  • Capacity building interventions: Drawing lessons from the field

    Capacity building plays a predominant role in leading the community towards development by improving their lives and livelihoods. Through capacity development efforts, individuals, organisations and communities develop abilities to perform functions, build consensus, solve problems, and set and achieve objectives in a systematic manner to realise change. Useful experiences were gained in the project on ‘Strengthening Resilience of Tsunami-Affected Community’. The need to build the resilience of...

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  • ICT and agriculture

    A felt need of farmers is timely avalability of informatin on technology, monsoon behaviour and market opportunities. Regular extension services usually do not reach the farmer at the right time and place. Modern information and communication technology (ICT) allows new possibilities to overcome the information gap from which rural households, farmers, fisherfolk and women suffer.

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  • Role of Plant Clinics in addressing pest and disease management

    Agriculture plays a pivotal role in India’s economy. Over 58% of rural households depend on agriculture as their principal means of livelihood. Pests and diseases cause significant loss to crops directly and indirectly at global, national, and regional levels. According to an estimate of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in 2015, up to 25% of annual yield was lost due to disease and pests in India. Timely diagnosis of various problems (pest, disease, nutritional deficiencies) that hamper...

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  • Role of hub and spoke model for ICTs in agriculture

    Small-holding farmers are in constant need of dynamic, timely, scientific information and knowledge on good agronomic practices, government entitlements, and market information, including access to early warnings, and application of new technologies, to better enhance their agricultural production. However, the inadequate proportion of agri-extension workers to farmers has left a void in providing timely agro advisories and inputs to support farming interventions. This has hindered farmers’...

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  • Utility and Impact of ESSO-INCOIS Services: Reflections of Fishers from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Puducherry

    This document is a compilation of case studies of fishers who have benefitted from the programme initiated by the collaborative project of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS). Enhancing the capacities of the fishers to improve their livelihood opportunities in the coastal villages is the focus area of this MSSRF-INCOIS project. The partnership that was initiated in 2009, aim at building the capacity of the fishers to...

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  • Fisher Friend Mobile Application: a decision support system for small scale fishers in India

    The development of technology and needs of fishing community in the post tsunami context in India created a demand for the development of mobile applications for fisherfolk. The Fisher Friend Mobile Application (Fisher Friend) was introduced in Binary runtime environment for wireless platform for CDMA in three languages to fishermen in two states in 2007. It has now evolved into an android application with a desirable user interface in nine languages covering fisherfolk in coastal India. A...

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  • Plant Clinics of Thiruvaiyaru: a Study based on Farmers Perspectives

    Agriculture continues to be a primary livelihood option for a majority of Indian rural population. A greater percentage of them are small and marginal farmers and they contribute significantly to the country's food security. However, a large section of them cannot get basic crop health services. Their traditional knowledge and lived experiences seem to be inadequate to meet some new challenges in crop husbandry. This knowledge gap needs to be filled in by scientific advisories. Farmers need on...

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