Sustainable Agriculture

In Jharkhand, people are under livelihood stress. Climatic change conditions are leading to frequent drought and poor access to forest, water and other natural resources. The subsistence farming is no more resilient and intensive farming is out of capacity of small farmers due to increasing cost of inputs.


Seed to Packet

Women SHG members of Jyoti Sakhi Samuh, Barwan are enjoying the new formed entrepreneur status with a range of products like turmeric powder, sattu (roasted gram flour), puffed rice, etc. locally grown and processed. The products are 100% pure and chemical free and high in demand. Value chain initiatives have further encouraged the group to develop new products of wild edible fruits and flowers like palash, jackfruit, mahua and many other products are down the line.


Saral Usna - Rice parboiler

Saral Usna is a unique design developed and promoted by Abhivyakti Foundation for easy and efficient parboiling of paddy. The equipment is energy efficient, drudgery free and saves a good amount of rice grains from post-harvest loss.


Benefits of Saral Usna

  1. Energy savings by 40%
  2. Saves rice grain loss in milling by 75%
  3. Reduces drudgery - entire parboiling can be handled easily single person.

Impact

  with 350 units introduced so far we have been able to save
  14 tons of rice grain - ample enough to feed a village for one year
  35 tons fuel wood equivalent to 1 acre of forest
  4200 wage days equivalent to Rs. 1260,000 Cash savings


Livelihood

Climate and Livelihood Adaptation in Drought (CLAD)

CLAD initaitives focus on building community resilience in 16 villages of Bengabad block of Giridih district.
The intervention uses integrated farming systems and agro advisory services with promotion of millets, pulses and sustainable agriculture practice.
The micro weather station set up in Bahadurpur village delivers next 5-days weather forecast and agro advisory developed in consultation with experienced farmers to help the farmer community in timely field preparations, sowing, cultural operations at different steps, application of manure, pest control and harvesting, which has resulted into better output for farmers.


Nutrition Sensitive Integrated Farming Syste (NSIFS)


NSIFS amis to support in 17 district of bihar with Jeevika (BRLPS) and Unicef Bihar.

The Nutrition Sensitive Integrated Farming System is based on the ecological farming practices, which is science, practices and movement in the farm and food system. The farms developed under NSIFS emulate the principle of nature where the species collaborate, compete, grow together in multi tire arrangement, and thribe in symbiosis. The NSIFS approch challanges the popular farming belief on its operation arround mere crop production to range of farm production subsystems including crop, trees, animals, birds, aquaculture and bio digester. In this approch the input from one subsystem become feed for another subsystme thus increasing the farm diversity and minimizing the cost of farming with use of internal farm inputs.

The NSIFS intervention was piloted in 8 panchayats of Jalalgarah and Kasba Block of purnea district and the initial sucess has created aspiration to take it stated wide to address the chillange of under nutrition by addressing the challanges of household food availability in diversity and accorss the seasons, sufficient for the year.



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