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.
· 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
Contact Shri.Sudheer Shyam, Deputy Secretary
SGSY Division, Ministry Of Rural Development, GOI