Collaborative Farming Project in partnership with SDTT
‘Small Farm Integration for Sustainable Agriculture and Improved Access to the Market’ in partnership with Sir Dorabjee Tata Trust and Grameen Sahara.
The larger goal of the project is to increase the livelihood of 4275 households in Kamrup district of Assam and Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya, over a period of three years through participation in the turmeric and black pepper value chain. In order to improve the livelihood of the small and marginal farmers the promotion of a robust supply chain of traceable food safe commodities backed by facilitation of fair price aggregation and market linkages has been envisioned. The strategy has been to develop crop specific clusters based on Integrated Farm Management (IFM) principles with community focus achieving desired levels of food safety through sustainable interventions through establishment of Farmer Producer Organization (FPO).
This project in collaborative farming aims to increase farm level income to reduce poverty, strengthen farmers’ capacity to engage in best practises vis-à-vis natural resource management for enhanced productivity and to facilitate access to fair and remunerative markets. The agricultural activities resulting from the project will also generate significant benefits for the preservation of the local biodiversity in the area, such as protection of the Gangetic Dolphins in the Brahmaputra river by steering the local community away from environmentally detrimental practices such illegal sand mining.