Support poor women farmers in Rajasthan, India, and train them in sustainable agriculture and conservation methods to improve their natural environment and provide secure food and water sources.
Rural villages are heavily dependent on the land for their livelihoods. The once fertile land has been eroded by commercial logging and mining. Rainfall is now less predictable due to climate change. Sahyog uses the “Self-Help Group” model to organize small groups of women (who are both raising families and growing food) to work together on sustainable agricultural projects to improve crop yields and nourish the soil for future generations.
Projects and training in soil and water management, small-scale irrigation, and sustainable agriculture (using local seeds, preparing organic pesticides, composting). Groups also are trained in basic accounting and leadership and management skills.
Degraded land is regenerated, water resources are more secure, access to adequate food and income is increased, and marginalized communities are better prepared for climate change effects and food and water crises.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Sahyog's page on IDEX's website
Hiri Dangi of the Uthalamata Self-Help Group
Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
IDEX Latin America Program Director