Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mahila Kissan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) – New Project for empowering women farmers

Government of India provided Rs. 100 crore in the 2010-11 budget for empowering the women farmers under the scheme “Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana” (MKSP), as a sub component of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). MKSP is designed to strive to address the specific needs of the women farmers.

Objectives of MKSP:

The primary objective of MKSP is to sustain and improve agriculture and agriculture based livelihoods by establishing efficient local resource based agriculture, wherein women farmers gain more control over the production resources and manage the support systems.

The scheme is also envisaged to enable women farmers gain/ access to the inputs and services provided by the government and thereby increasing the production capacities of women farmers and ensuring food security for their families and communities.

Activities proposed under this project:

·         Capacity building of the women farmers for upgrading their skill and improving their capabilities for supporting farming activities
·         Agriculture related productivity enhancement techniques/ measures should be given due importance.
·         The agriculture strategy adopted under the Project should revolve around local natural resources based sustainable agriculture.
·         The activities of the project may have blend of agriculture and Allied sector activities with Post harvest activities including value addition to the agricultural produce and management of cattle essentially considered in women’s domain should be given due weightage under the scheme.
·         Improving market access to women farmers should be a key element under the project. Knowledge dissemination relating to markets, post harvest practices, village level value addition should be indicated.
·         Drudgery reduction through use of gender friendly tools and technologies should also be made a key feature of the scheme.

Expected outcomes:

·         Net increase in income of women farmers on sustainable basis
·         Increased visibility of women as interest group in agriculture
·         Increased access to productive land, inputs, credit, technology and information
·         Drudgery reduction of women farmers through gender friendly technologies and tools
·         Increased access to markets and premium prices
·         Increased soil health and quality

Who will be funded:

·         Government organizations working for empowerment  of women  
·         NGOs working with SHGs and on agriculture based livelihoods
·         Community Based Organisations

How to Apply:

·         Project Implementation agencies can apply through Rural Development departments of the concerned states

More details:

Contact Shri.Sudheer Shyam, Deputy Secretary

SGSY Division, Ministry Of Rural Development, GOI







2 comments:

  1. Its a commendable effort by Min of R.D.India being rural dominated people's country, such focus is likely to bridge the long awaited gap between rural and urban mass to some extent. Need of the hour is to make the rural mass self sustainable and providing avocations for self employment or income generating activities. Having a Coordinator of a National Program Of GOI , could meet people across various states of the country in contributing in a small way in this direction within the ambit of that program which was limited to restructured employees and their families. Still that gave opportunity to realize closely the need and resource gaps . Livelihoods Mission is a wonderful tool and opportunity, given its implementation in letter and spirit. We can bring sustainable changes, visible impact and a new level of confidence to these poor and outreached people of the country in particular the women and girls who are the change agents in true sense. Having served, GOI and MNCs, have taken initiatives to contribute for the society in a possible way in some part of Eastern UP and now in Jharkhand by opening Skill Development Centres in villages to begin with Rangadih village of Maithon,Dhanbad through Lilawati Narayan Trust for Social Development. Looking forward to connect through MSKP to make this more effective. Would complement Team Min. of Rural Devt. for this innovative scheme. Again, there is need to allow genuine agencies to have access of this facility for genuine interest of the beneficiaries. We have involved local Mukhiyas and MLA as partner in this drive, the impact of this program launched by us is very good. We have been able to understood need of the people, their capabilities, and interest areas so that activities are not impressed upon them rather finding trades which they can adopt and willing to join. India needs such Mission to bring our rural mass to live with pride and self respect. Thanks. Pramod Kr Sinha

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