Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India

by Seva Mandir
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India
Increase Profits for 3,500 Poor Farmers In India

Dear Friend,

80% of the people in our region live in remote rural areas far from (formal) markets, and depend mostly on subsistence agriculture, livestock rearing, forest produce and wage labour for their livelihood. 84% of the farmers are small, marginal farmers with two hectares of land or less, of which only half is fit for cultivation. Agriculture in the region is mostly rain-fed with only 23% of the cultivated area under irrigation. So most farmers are able to farm in only one season, during the monsoon period. Women constitute 72% of the agricultural workforce. 56% of households have at least one member, usually the male household head, migrating for casual labouring work away from their village to meet their household consumption and income needs. A concern for farmers in the region is also access to markets to purchase supplies for farming and animal rearing, and to sell their produce from agriculture, livestock and forests. Most markets are 10-40 km away from the villages, so transport costs are an additional burden. Without access to established markets, most farmers have no alternative but to sell their goods in their village at prices 20-50% lower than the market rate. This results in very low profits.

Seva Mandir addresses the challenges in two main ways:-

1. Improving agriculture and livestock

Seva Mandir works with farmers to enable them to utilise their farmland in the most efficient manner with the best possible agriculture practices. To utilise existing farmland to its optimal capacity, following watershed or ridge-to-valley treatment, soil and water conservation activities are undertaken to ensure the fertility of soil and enhance moisture. Irrigation facilities are also provided through water recharge, and water pumping and distribution systems, to ensure a constant supply of water for crops.

Seva Mandir provides a community-based agri-extension service through trained agriculture workers, who act as facilitators to encourage farmers to adopt the best agricultural practices.

Through various interventions Seva Mandir benefited 80,000 farmers, and improved agricultural productivity by 40-60% and livestock productivity by 30-50%.

2. Income enhancement

Seva Mandir works with farmers to increase their income by identifying critical areas in the farmers’ value chain and providing solutions. Seva Mandir uses its community-based agri-extension service model, through trained agriculture workers and agriculture experts, to support these farmers at every stage of the production cycle to ensure best results.

Through this intervention, Seva Mandir increased the annual agricultural income of around 4,500 families by INR 15,000-40,000 (USD 215-600), a 40-120% increase. Seva Mandir also helped 220 women's Self-Help Groups to undertake entrepreneurial activities, and linked 20 community groups and federations in over 40 villages to provide access to fair markets. 

Many thanks to you for all your help and support to our project. It is because of your support we have been able to help increase profits of these farmers. 

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir team 

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Dear Friend,

We sincerely hope that you, your family, and your colleagues are in good health and safe.

The second wave across India has hit harder than the first one. The worst-affected are always the underprivileged and vulnerable communities. For them prevention is very important, as treatment is a bigger challenge.     

During this medical emergency, Seva Mandir team continues to work and support rural communities. We are working closely with health experts and organisations to understand needs and have taken up the response work ahead in the villages where Covid cases are surging at an unstoppable pace. Multitude of problems are witnessed causing spread of the virus such as rural patients struggling with home isolation, finding treatment close to home, arranging for food and basic amenities, misinformation and so on. An immediate and pressing need is to provide access to reliable information, counter dangerous myths regarding the disease, vaccination and treatment, and provide survival support to the vulnerable families in the rural and tribal parts of Udaipur and Rajsamand.

Seva Mandir is well placed to deliver this through its wide network of volunteers and community institutions. It is responding to the situation by undertaking the Covid Relief Work. The organisation is taking up different interventions, below are the interventions planned at present towards relief efforts:

  1. Community Awareness & Education
  2. Support to COVID affected patients and families
  3. Support to vulnerable families in villages
  4. Ensuring Safety & Welfare of Frontline Workers
  5. COVID Care Centres

We, hence, seek your continuous support to help the rural communities withstand the impacts of the pandemic. We trust that you will continuously support us.

We also believe that the world will soon come out with this situation. Take care.

Thanks & Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team 

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Dear Friend,

84% of the farmers in rural parts of our work area are small and marginal farmers earning only about INR 13,000 (USD 185) annually from agriculture. The outputs from agriculture and livestock are usually less than the state and national averages. As a result, after their family’s consumption, farmers are left with little or no surplus for sale to enhance their income.

A recent survey states that 30-50% of all agriculture-dependent rural households in this region are facing indebtedness. Even after a good harvest, it is a challenge for a farmer to earn any meaningful income without connectivity to markets. Not only do most farmers live far from markets, but they also have little understanding of how they work. Furthermore, they sell their produce as individuals and not as a group, which would help to achieve economies of scale.

Seva Mandir works with farmers to increase their income by identifying critical areas in the farmers’ value chain and providing solutions. Seva Mandir uses its community-based agri-extension service model, through trained agriculture workers called ‘Krishi-karyakartas’ and agriculture experts, to support these farmers at every stage of the production cycle to ensure best results.

Through our network of women’s Self-Help Groups (SHGs), we help women farmers to start agricultural and livestock-based livelihood activities at an entrepreneurial level. SHG members can take out loans from their group to invest in their farms and livestock. They are given training and other technical assistance to implement the business plan with the help of experts from farmer-producer organisations or social enterprises, trained agriculture workers and local agri-entrepreneurs. These groups are evaluated from time to time to measure their progress in building entrepreneurship.

Seva Mandir works in tandem with the community groups and federations that we have helped set up to enable them to aggregate farm produce in order to achieve economies of scale, enabling farmers to receive a fair price at current wholesale prices and to benefit from these organisations’ expertise in rural agri-business developments in the region.

Through this intervention, Seva Mandir aims to increase the prosperity of the rural farming community by enhancing their entrepreneurial capabilities through links to training and credit and by giving them access to fair markets, without the need to travel long distances.

Many thanks to you for all your help and support to our project. It is because of your support we have been able to help increase profits of these farmers. 

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir team 

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Dear Friend,

I hope this update finds you and your loved ones in good health.

Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life. The Covid-19 pandemic is a two-pronged health and economic crisis, and requires a two-pronged response.

India has crossed the sobering statistic of one lakh deaths caused by the novel coronavirus and the ongoing pandemic.

From the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in India, Seva Mandir began relief efforts to support families who were most in need in Udaipur and Rajsamand districts. 

We provided more than 50,000 relief kits (for food, sanitation, storing grain, sanitary pads, and personal protection) along with supporting the regional government to distribute an additional 38,000 relief kits. Our awareness campaign was able to spread correct information and advice related to the pandemic, reaching more than 160,000 people. 

The distribution of relief kits and awareness materials helped families through the initial stages of the crisis. The rapid support provided by individuals, institutions, foundations and corporates was instrumental to the success of our relief efforts. 

In our last report, we shared with you the steps which Seva Mandir had taken for the safety and security of the people living in its rural areas. But now the scenario has completely changed, people now are aware about Covid-19 and they also know the ways to keep themselves safe and protected from this virus.

As the initial brunt of the crisis is over and the lockdown is slowly lifted, Seva Mandir’s focus is now on developing and implementing long-term relief for communities and individuals through livelihood interventions.

The economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown are now becoming clear. Migrant labourers have returned back to their villages and are now out of work and putting extra pressure on the meagre resources of their households.

To mitigate the economic effects of Covid-19, Seva Mandir is rapidly expanding its comprehensive livelihood support to ensure families and communities have the tools, knowledge and ability to continue to improve their lives.

Seva Mandir is building the capacity of individuals, families and communities to adapt to the new normal and continue in leading their own development.

We are deeply grateful for your overwhelming support and messages of encouragement.

We are committed to continuing to serve the communities we work with, and we know you will be too. The world will come out stronger after we beat the coronavirus.

Thank you, and sending our best wishes for yours and your family and friends safety.

Regards

Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir team

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Namaste,

Trust you and your loved ones are keeping well in these challenging times of COVID-19. The pandemic of Covid-19 has presented significant challenges to rural farmers and has highlighted their vulnerability in times of crisis.

84% of the population Seva Mandir works with are subsistence farmers who struggle to make a living from their small landholdings. These farmers’ incomes had already been under pressure in recent years, due to low commodity prices, but a good monsoon season last year had given hope to the region that they could increase their production and sell more in the markets. Then Covid-19 arrived and the situation worsened exponentially. Farmers are not able to access markets easily, and a ban on transport restricts their movements to larger villages and towns.

Seva Mandir’s role during this time became very important for these farmers and their families.

Seva Mandir has experience of more than 50 years of working with communities to transform and improve their lives – and that is no different now. Even during this pandemic, we remain committed to working with communities and helping them escape poverty.

We are distributing food kits (consisting of onions, potatoes, grains, rice, oil, spices, and salt) and sanitation kits (comprising of soap and detergent), both enough to last a family of 5 for 2 weeks. Importantly, we are also providing farmers with grain-storage kits and tarpaulins to increase the amount of food they can store – essential as the harvesting season approaches.

Until now, we have reached 45,400 families- distributing 33,300 sanitation kits3,200 food kits, 4,200 grain-storage kits and 4,700 safety kits. Over INR 6 million (USD 80,000) has been spent in providing relief. We are also aiding the government in their relief efforts.

These food and hygiene kits are a lifeline to these farmers during this time of crisis.

Meera from one of our village area says- ‘My situation was already so bad but then the relief kits came from Seva Mandir, and suddenly I felt like my own family is here to help.’

Another farmer from Kotra block says- ‘We are getting useful information from Seva Mandir on how to use this time for learning better farming practices.’

We deeply thank you for your valuable contribution. That has aided the families and communities to survive through this period of crisis till here.

We all know that the challenge is yet to be over, and the difficult times are ahead of us. Seva Mandir is unabated in its determination to continue working with its communities to find solutions for dignified lives and livelihoods. You can be part of this effort whether it is by donating directly to Seva Mandir, by spreading the word of Seva Mandir to people you know, or just by sending us your messages of support.

You can give your support to our Covid-19 project by clicking here. You can keep up to date with our efforts on our dedicated Covid-19 page on our website click here to access it.

Once again, thank you for your unwavering support. Please stay healthy and keep social distancing.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
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Ronak Shah
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