Farm Based Livelihoods

Small farmers produce much of the developing world’s food. Yet they are generally much poorer than the rest of the population in these countries and are less food secure than even their urban counterparts.

Agriculture and allied activities support livelihoods of nearly 70 per cent of India’s rural population (Hiremath 2007). To promote agriculture development, Central and state governments and funding agencies have designed and launched a number of initiatives including National Horticulture Mission (NHM), Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP), National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA), On Farm Water Management (OFWM) under National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), National Food Security Mission, and setting up of Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC).

However, land-based livelihoods of small and marginal farmers have increasingly become unsustainable due to indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, fragmented land holdings, and low access to irrigation facilities; appropriate farming technology and benefits offered by various government schemes.

 

Background

IGS works to promote sustainable livelihoods for small and marginal farmers including tribal and women, by conducting action research for promoting technology innovations to increase crop productivity, better price realization through IT enabled marketing platforms, promoting application of information and communication technologies, empowering producers by building formal and informal farmer collectives, and forging convergence with various government initiatives.

Various indigenous and innovative models have been promoted to ensure cropping intensity, productivity of fragmented holdings through systems of root intensification, ‘machan’ cultivation, kitchen gardens. IGS has also capacitated communities to prepare and use bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides as steps towards responsible agricultural practices (RAP). Modern agricultural technologies like protected cultivation, drip/sprinkler irrigation to enhance productivity have been promoted. Concepts like seed village, seed bank have also been promoted to increase the seed replacement rate as well as germination percentage.

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