Seva Mandir seeks to help small farmers and their families in rural areas of southern Rajasthan in India, by enhancing their livelihood and improving their food and nutritional intake. In this project, farmers will be supported with high quality seeds, setup fruit orchids and vegetable plantation and capacity building trainings in agricultural techniques. The project will also work on increasing availability of water for irrigation by constructing and repairing Water Harvesting Structures.
Over 70% of the population in our area of work is dependent on agriculture. Farmers in these areas mostly rely on traditional methods of farming, resulting in low agricultural production and hence, income. Lack of knowledge and poor irrigation facilities elevate their problems. Due to problems as such, migration towards cities in search of better livelihood is being pursued extensively. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown its effects on poor farmers leaving fewer opportunities of income.
Given the background, the project aims at not only improving the livelihood of small farmers but also at improving their food and nutritional intake. The intervention will build capacities of farmers in advanced farming techniques and will also increase availability of water for irrigation. With more water available, farmers can now grow more than one crop in a year which will lead to enhancement of their income. Better well-being and higher income will help them sustain and come out of poverty.
Trainings on advanced farming practices &market linkages, extensive agricultural support, improved irrigation will expand the horizon of understanding of small farmers. This will enable them to adopt various methods and practices to increase productivity, income and also, meet the family's food and nutritional requirements. The farmers will gain access to a long-term livelihood solution, they can secure their food needs, manage their resources & will not have to migrate to cities.