Agriculture is an important part of Indian economy but since the past few years, agriculture is being considered a loss-making proposition. Therefore people have started to move away from agriculture although it is the only industry that entails actual production. If improved and sustainable methods are used, agriculture does not remain a loss-making proposition. Wherever sustainable methods have been used, agriculture has given good results. It has set an example not only for livelihood measures but also in the context of health and nature. On other hand there is the role of non-government organisations in encouraging such alternative sustainable methods and to expand them.
Vikas Samvad is trying to compile such innovative experiments in the agriculture sector and the work of the NGOs in promoting such experiments. In this context, efforts are on to bring forth fact-based stories in their original form from the four states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh so as to set an example for others to emulate the experiments and innovations. Also a training programme is being conducted for the civil society activists with leadership skills and for the pioneering farmers for capacity building in storytelling. The objective is to enable these people to bring forth their stories before the larger society in their own way and using their own media. Vikas Samvad has taken an initiative in this direction, also including the agriculture sector research and documentation in the process.
This project seeks to secure mutrition and food security, reduce vulnerability and enhance sustainable livelihood for tribals and others in 26 villages of Gumla district in Jharkhand.
Capacity Building of CSOs and Qualitative Research and Documentation of Case Studies and Stories of Grassroots Efforts Made by Civil Society Organisations for Alternatives for Reducing Agricultural Distress