Mahila Kisan Shashaktikaran Pariyojna

SPWD is involved in Mahila Kisan Shashaktikaran Pariyojna (MKSP) in four districts of Jharkhand – Ranchi, Latehar, Simdega and Palamau. The programme launched by the Government of India as a sub-component of National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) aims to improve the present status of women in agriculture and to enhance the opportunities for their empowerment. MKSP recognizes the centrality of women in agriculture and therefore aims to provide direct and indirect support to enable them to achieve sustainable agricultural production. The project is being implemented by SPWD in consortium approach in partnership with Asian Institute for Sustainable Development (AISD) and Jan Astha, both Jharkhand based partner NGOs. SPWD as the lead organisation of the consortium has successfully guided, innovated and provided handholding support to the lead persons from the community with the support of its partner NGOs.

The capacity building programme of NGO’s team members and community resource persons are planned, designed and conducted by SPWD. The partners have taken the responsibilities of institution strengthening, farmers capacity building at village level. NGO initiates a learning cycle by which women are enabled to learn and adopt appropriate technologies and farming systems. The objective is to empower women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also to create and sustain agriculture based livelihoods of rural women.

The program aims to improve the skills and capabilities of women in agriculture to support farm and non-farm based activities. SPWD’s thrust in MKSP is to increase the income of small and marginal women farmers in 75 villages through capacity building around agriculture, lac, and animal husbandry in Palamu, Latehar, Ranchi and Simdega districts of Jharkhand. The project capacitates the existing women self-help groups; forms new groups where needed and provides them with handholding support to take up other livelihood options. The major area of intervention is on capacity building of the target communities –mainly of women farmers for lac cultivation, intensification methods in agriculture (paddy, wheat, oilseeds, pulses, millet), integrated farming systems (integrated pest management/ integrated nutrient management, composting techniques), etc.

Cluster Level Training of CRPs: MKSP requires capacity building of women farmers at every stage and demands extensive capacity-building activities. To achieve this, Community Resource Persons (CRPs) were identified from every village. The CRPs so identified play an important role in the form of social capital so generated in the long run project implementation under MKSP. CRPs are progressive farmers in the village trained on various aspects of improved agriculture methods to help in its dissemination. They provide support in conducting training at the village level. Cluster level training was conducted for the training of CRPs on issues like SRI, intensification of pulses, intensification of millets, guidelines, and bookkeeping of SHGs, composting, etc.