Self reliant rural and tribal communities earning a sustainable livelihood from their natural resources that gives a dignified life and ensures family welfare.
1) Food Security: To achieve self-sufficiency of food for each family by increasing productivity of traditional agriculture through organic farming.
2) Nutrition: To ensure balanced nutrition in the diet by promoting production of diversified food for self consumption.
3) Economic Development: To increase earnings of a family through the livelihood from natural resources by increasing productivity, diversification, reduced expenditure and effective market linkage.
4) Empowerment in Market Linkage: To empower communities to connect with the markets confidently by organizing them in to producer organizations.
71 percent of the population of Dantewada is tribal dominated by Muria and Madia Gond communities known for
their rich traditional knowledge and culture. Our work focuses on strengthening agriculture based livelihood of the community, with the core objectives to achieve food security, nutritional security, income sufficiency and empowerment to deal with markets.
The context of our work
The tribals of Dantewada are dependent on forest and agriculture for their livelihood. The forest provides them with wild food, medicines, fire-wood, fodder and minor forest produce. Agriculture, on the other hand, is mainly practiced as a means of subsistence.
However, in spite of rich natural resources, these communities are facing issues of food insufficiency, malnutrition and low income. The loss of rights, degradation of forests and increasing population is putting stress on forest based livelihood. Agriculture on the other hand is low in productivity and not giving sufficient income to the families.
Due to external influences, though a few farmers have started chemical intensive farming, it has resulted in a loss of agro-bio-diversity and indigenous crop varieties, degradation of soil and increased expenses. With weak market connections, lack of collectivization and bargaining power they do not realize a fair value of their produce many times.
Nearly 10,000 Farmers from 120 villages of Dantewada are currently involved in this program with a team of 124 village level resource persons, master trainers and coordinators trained from the community we are working with.
Underlying Guiding Principles behind all our efforts
Organic Farming: Hand holding support to the farmers to adopt practices of organic farming and in-farm production of organic inputs
Conservation of traditional seeds and facilitating their production, access and incentivizing cultivation through market linkage
Promoting Agro-biodiversity: Promoting cultivation of pulses, millets, oilseeds, vegetables, tubers and spices which is gradually going down
Improving productivity of traditional farming systems by promoting intensive management practices, techniques like SRI, usage of tools and Organic PoPs vegetables
Collectivizing Farmers into groups, village and cluster level committees and Producer Organization (FPO) at the district level
Developing value and supply chain, and creating market linkages for indigenous organic produce of farmers
Linking up various government programs to organic farmers to be able to create a comprehensive supportive ecosystem from seeds to market
Bhoomgaadi organic farmer’s producer company is an FPO collectively owned by the organic farmers of Dantewada aimed at
providing market linkage to their indigenous organic produce. Nirmaan has played an instrumental role in its inception and has been giving hand-holding and professional support to ensure that it becomes a viable and self sustaining enterprise in coming times.
Bhoomgaadi is involved in aggregation, storage, value addition and market linkage of more than 30 types of organic produce of farmers. These products are currently marketed across India by Bhoomgaadi under the brand “Aadim”. There is also a “Jaivik Bazar” and “Café Aadim” being operated by Bhoomgaad in Dantewada that provides cuisine made from organic and traditional varieties grown by the farmers.
|Government of Dantewada (Chhattisgarh)||Government of Adilabad (Telangana)|