Enhancing Farm Livelihoods of Women Farmers in Pottangi and Semiliguda Blocks of Koraput District through MKSP

About MKSP:

The project seeks to promote sustainable agriculture practices under Mahila Kissan Sashaktikaran Pariyojna (MKSP) in Potangi and Semiliguda Blocks of Koraput District, Odisha. Besides, it shall contribute for improved health and nutritional security, reduction of drudgery of women agriculture workforce and empowerment of women farmers. It will benefit 3000 direct beneficiaries through a network of community based platforms like SHGs, Producer Groups, Federations and Marketing Societies. The project shall be implemented in compliance with the non negotiable principles of NRLM-: These include; Focus on the poor, Focus on women, Adherence to protocols on sustainable agriculture. Food security and, social security of communities should be given highest priority in allocating resources, Universal social inclusion and universal social mobilization in a time bound manner, Transparent and participatory identification of poor, Federations of institutions of the poor as ‘force multipliers’ and as ‘sensitive support structures’ to promote and nurture S.H.Gs.


The project is inspired by the vision of a social order where women and men are treated equally and provided opportunities to freely make choices for a dignified living and sustainable development.


The goal of the project is to empower women in agriculture to enhance their capacity toincrease their farm income sustainability through adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, conservation of bio-diversity, natural resource management and ensure householdfood and nutrition security through on-farm and non-farm enterprises.


  • To enhance the productive participation of women in agriculture.
  • To create sustainable agricultural livelihood opportunities for women in agriculture.
  • To improve the skills and capabilities of women in agriculture to support farm and nonfarm- based activities.
  • To ensure food and nutrition security at the household and the community level.
  • To enable women to have better access to inputs and services of the government and other agencies.
  • To enhance the managerial capacities of women in agriculture for better management of bio-diversity.
  • To improve the capacities of women in agriculture to access the resources of other institutions and schemes within a convergence framework.

Key Outcomes

  • Existence of self-managed, member owned & member controlled financially sustainable community based organizations.
  • Improved knowledge and skills of targeted members.
  • Positive change in the perception and behaviour of targeted communities in terms of better.
  • repayment culture, enhanced gender and social equity and greater social responsibility.
  • Demonstration of better bargaining and negotiation skills while dealing with external organizations viz., banks, Government and other institutions.
  • Women will be able to participate proactively in all the development activities and influences pro-poor policy making.
  • A cadre of para-professionals (CRPs) will be developed in the project operational areas, which will be sensitive to a more inclusive approach to development, and have a strong commitment for developing and promoting participatory mechanisms.
  • “Learning partnerships” between different sets of institutions (such as government and NGOs, PRIs and NGOs, PRIs and the administration, community organizations and PRIs).

Intervention Strategy

  • Build on the social capital in form of 300 women SHGs with 3000 members, 88 Village Level Committees (VLC) and 2 SHG Federations formed by LAVS in Pottangi and Semiliguda Blocks of Koraput district in Odisha.
  • Application of technologies like INM, IPM, Integrated NRM, SRI, intensive farming systems with the principles of sustainable agriculture through demonstration, field trials , training and exposure visits.
  • Strengthening collection of NTFP, processing and taking allied activities like livestock production and fishery for increasing farm income and ensuring livelihoods security.
  • Enhancing the capacity of the women farmers to adopt eco-friendly technologies, measures for bio-diversity conservation and resilient agriculture to climate change.
  • Strengthening market linkage for marketing of inputs and agricultural outputs.
  • Promoting livestock production, processing of NTFP and value addition & agro-processing of agro-products by landless families.
  • Establishing linkage with PRIs of 10 GPs for convergence of RD programmes like MGNREGA, NRLM, NSAP, RKVY, NFSM, ATMA and also with Department of Fisheries and Animal Resource Development for accessing inputs and technologies.

Operational Coverage

District- Koraput
Blocks- Pottangi & Semiliguda
GPs- 10
Villages- 88
SHGs- 300
Families- 3000

Duration of the Project

Three Year ( 2013-14 to 2015-16)

Project Investment

Rs 1,73,40,750 (INR)

Key Anchors

Mr. Nasir Ali (M) 9437091725
Mr. Rameswar Sahu (M)9437915481

Related Links :

MKSP Village List M&E Strategy Mahila Kishan Profile Project Staff of MKSP
CRP Supporting MKSP PRP Supporting MKSP Inception Report Baseline Report
MKSP UC QPR Training Module DPR
Training Material MKSP Training Schedule Correspondence Work Plan
Photo Gallery Drudgery Reduction Tools Study Evaluation Documentation MKSP PAC
Producer Group Details Technical Protocols MKSP Map MOU
POP Strategy MKSP Status Tracking For LAVS MKSP Audited Statement Report

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