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Solar energy solutions for livelihood of rural communities in Jharkhand

 
 

Organization : Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)

 
 

Location : Jharkhand

 
 

Project Description

The project is aligned to two key initiatives of the Government of India and thus has the potential to generate substantial goodwill. The initiatives being the:

  1. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
  2. Doubling farmers income by 2022

The proposed project would be implemented in 10 blocks – 3 blocks in Khunti, 5 blocks of Gumla and 2 districts of West Singbhum districts and benefit 1,00,000 households and a population of half a  million.


In the proposed project area, PRADAN has built up substantial social capital in the form of women’s Self Help Groups (SHGs) (>7,000 in numbers) and their institutions at different tiers like the Gram Panchayat and Block. PRADAN’s engagement in any community starts with organizing poor rural women into SHGs around thrift and credit. Upon attainment of a level of self-reliance, the SHG is facilitated to set goals aspired by its members and jointly pursue the same. These regions are economically depressed with poor market linkages as there is hardly any surplus. With public systems in moribund shape and markets hardly providing any traction to small and marginal farmers, there exists institutional void, curtailing economic growth in the area. Absence of livelihood activities, beyond subsistent farming, is the key issue for a vast majority of rural households. PRADAN spares significant efforts to promote farmers’ collectives to bridge the institutional gap.


In order to address the above, especially to fill in the institutional void, PRADAN has developed an Agricultural Production Cluster (APC) model to revitalize farm economies. The objective here is to transform the outlook of farming operations; from purely subsistence to commercial agriculture, from paddy mono cropping to a more diversified crop combination in response to the demands of the market. PRADAN’s “APC model” is based on the hypothesis that right knowledge, tools, and market ecosystem linkages can support subsistence farmers to embark on commercial agriculture in a much shorter time frame.


APC comprises of a self-regulated collective of approximately 3,000-4,000 smallholder farmers in a defined area (preferably in a block), who synchronize production of a common basket of commodities to create marketable surplus and build ecosystem to provide various services required for the farmers in a sustained manner. Each APC (1-2 blocks) comprises of 15-20 micro APCs (m-APC) where coordinated production, primary level value addition and market linkages are built around small holder farmers. Each m-APC comprises of 150-250 farmers across 2-4 contiguous villages that practice synchronized production of 2-3 commodities/crops per season.  This is a significant shift from the conventional practices of subsistence farming.


The project would promote 10 APCs which would provide necessary eco-system support to 30,000 women farmers. In terms of outcomes (short-term to mid-term basis), PRADAN envisages all the families in Agriculture Production Clusters to attain year-round food sufficiency from own land and gross annual cash income in the range of Rs. 60,000- Rs. 80,000 depending on land availability, thus pulling them out of poverty. This incremental contribution from farming would create sufficient wherewithal for marginalized households to retain themselves in the villages without being forced to resort to distress migration for survival. It is also visualised that the economic vibrancy would create a sustainable demand on clean power and also create avenues for setting up local micro-enterprises.


Further, subsequent to the establishment of the APCs, PRADAN would work for setting up piped water supply systems to connect individual households. It is proposed to set up 20 Water supply systems in 20 villages. In addition to creating infrastructural support, the project would work on the soft issues related to behaviour change, so that the hundreds of toilets that have been constructed are utilised by the communities.


Further, subsequent to the establishment of the APCs, PRADAN would work for setting up piped water supply systems to connect individual households. It is proposed to set up 20 Water supply systems in 20 villages. In addition to creating infrastructural support, the project would work on the soft issues related to behaviour change, so that the hundreds of toilets that have been constructed are utilised by the communities.

The project is aligned to two key initiatives of the Government of India and thus has the potential to generate substantial goodwill. The initiatives being the:
1.       Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
2.       Doubling farmers income by 2022
 
 
 
 

Project Type : CSR

 
 

Special Features of Project

  • Supporting and nurturing of SHGs (number): 7000 SHGs
  • Capacity building of Farmers on improved farming and market linkages (number): 30,000 women farmers
  • Installation of solar based irrigation system (each with command area 20-30 acres)—(number): 40 units
  • Setting up APCs with sorting-grading centres/ provisioning of small farm implements, especially to reduce the drudgery of women (no. of APCs): 10 APCs
  • Setting up piped drinking water supply systems (no. of villages)  :   20 villages
Supporting and nurturing of SHGs (number): 7000 SHGs
Capacity building of Farmers on improved farming and market linkages (number): 30,000 women farmers
Installation of solar based irrigation system (each with command area 20-30 acres)—(number): 40 units
Setting up APCs with sorting-grading centres/ provisioning of small farm implements, especially to reduce the drudgery of women (no. of APCs): 10 APCs
Setting up piped drinking water supply systems (no. of villages)  :   20 villages
 
 

Project Donors and Partners

Bank of America
 
 
 

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