Women leaders led Drought Campaign

Swayam Shikshan Prayog in collaboration with Grassroots women leaders initiated the drought mitigation campaign from September 2015

Key message of campaign: Protect jan, jal, jangal, jamin & janawr    

During September SSP trained more than 100 leaders on drought resilience practices with support of agriculture scientist of KVK & agriculture officials. The training was focused on:

What kind of crops can be taken up during Rabi season to protect their milk animals & food security. How farmers can manage their water by using the protective irrigation methods for short-term crops to get income. As farmers are trained on the supplementary fodder which can support to maintain the health & milk production of animals. After training women reached 110 villages & disseminated the key messges upto 5500 farmers in four blocks of Osmanabad district.  As a result we observe that most of the farmers took surgam crop in Rabi season & small farmer with less water cultivated vegetables which brought some income in their hands.

In partnership with Zilla Parishad, Osmanabd, training was organized for community resources persons on drought prevention where 100 women CRP of Umed program trained on MREGS & Fodder management. After the training women leaders initiated & created labour groups to demand the work under MREGS and mobilizing farmers to take the water conservation structures to increase ground water table. Block level officials involved in sharing government programmes with women during the workshop. Women had participated in Baliraja chetana abhiyan to motivate farmers & reduce the stress in community during the drought. 20 women are part of the fund management at village level.

With partnership of Parbhani University, SSP has taken the UMED program in more than 50 villages in Osmanabad and Latur districts to spread the message on agri allied livelihoods for income and how to take care of milk animals in dry situations. SSP supported women from resilience fund to start the poultry & goat rearing business in villages where women are not having labour work for their survival. More than 300 women were started poultry business with small fund support.

As an intensive strategy to create some model work towards the drought mitigation, SSP took 20 villages of Kallam block and appointed Samvad Sahayak to work between government and community on drought prevention majors in last two months. Women are mobilizing farmers for short-term & long-term objectives of drought mitigation. They took the following actions under each objective.

Improve the access of work for landless labours & farmers

  • Women Samvad Sahayaks (Information Assistants) created awareness among community on how they can improve their daily wages with help of MREGS & its importance for famers.
  • SSP organized 335 landless labour group in 17 villages to improve the access of wages under MREGS & 175 women applied for new job cards for labour work.
  • 1010 women trained on goat & poultry business and women started the business with own money as well as government subsidy to start the business.
  • Under resilience fund SSP supported women to start their livelihoods around goat keeping & poultry

Promotion of alternate support fodder facility for animals

SSP and women leaders trained more than 2000 women farmers on Azolla & Hydrophonic fodder cultivation by adapting technical knowledge from KVK team. Hydro phonic trays made available in affordable rate. More than 1000 farmers started Azolla cultivation and 300 farmers started Hydrophonic fodder cultivation. Women keep continue training other farmers around their villages and sharing the knowledge & culture for Azolla preparation.

Awareness education & linkages for Water conservation and water management

Organised 50 farmers to take water conservation initiative on their farm with help of MREGS scheme
Mobilized 81 farmers for tree plantation on Bandha to improve the soil support the land fertility
Conducted awareness meetings on soak pit construction to increase the ground water table and reduce the health hazards. After mobilization 35 women started the work
Samvad Sahayaks mobilized farmers on water recharge technic and its importance for the water availability in their farm. 8 farmers did farm ponds and 19 farmers applied for well recharge under MREGS and 81 small farmers showed interest in recharge work if they get some fund support
Samvad Sahayaks also mobilized communities to take collective action for drinking water management & distribution.

Resilience fund support

In the last seven months Sakhi federation disbursed Resilience Fund among groups and women took short term action towards food & fodder cultivation, agri allied business and micro irrigation system for crops protection.

Women participation in Baliraja chetana committee

Women leaders created awareness on Baliraja Chetana Abhiyan and identified the real poor & needy people in the village for suicide prevention fund access. Now 12 women are sitting in fund management committee in villages.

Village micro planning for water conservation & drinking water management: SSP team lead the micro planning process in Kanerwadi and made detail plan on water conservation and livelihoods which Gram Panchayat will use for implementation with varies support from NGO & local government. During Kothala village micro planning, SSP team trained Samvad Sahayajs on micro planning by involving village leaders and women. Women traveled to other five villages and made their plan and supported to set the priorities, roles and actions.

Success initiatives:

  • Sonali & Pushapatai leading the Azolla trainings in cluster of villages
  • Govindpur Samvad Sahayak trying to demand and mange drinking water in her village
  • Malkaranja women started poultry business to insure the income
  • Through PRA all Samvad Sahayaks tried to link with GP and identified the problems & solution for drought mitigation
  • Women are leading the water conservation work in villages
  • Vashali and other eight women did farm ponds in Jawada and demonstrated the better water management & income in drought situation. “We have to become the role model we should not wait for government resources” Vaishali says.
  • Shedka dhanura women cultivated vegetables & fodder for income
  • Lalita from Fulwadi village started flower cultivation using drip irrigation in her one acre land
  • Archana Koli doing goat keeping and poultry business in Salgaradevti
  • Laxmi from Chivari did well in desilting soil for water conservation
  • Nagini Suresh Arade from Dhangar Wadi shifted the crop to floriculture with less water and earn good income in drought

Swayam Shikshan Prayog, April 2016

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