RURAL LIVELIHOODS – Value chain development, Livestock, Organic and fair trade

  1. India Organic Cashew Value Chain: The objective of the project is that at least 3’000 small-scale farmers (i.e. < 5 acres) in the cashew nut value chain of Konkana coast will increase their income by 30% or more after 2- 3 years through the approach of organic and fair-trade practices. It involves the mobilization of farmers, formation of clusters, leading to the formation of producer companies, internal control systems established to follow fair-trade practices and organic farming and finally linking them to national and international markets. The project is funded by FiBL and SECO.
    Project location : South Goa and Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts of Maharashtra.
    Project Partners : Ajanta Industries, Apewal, Goa and Ajanta Organic Cashew Producers Company, Canacona, Goa.

  2. Sustainable production of Organic and Fair trade rice in India and Thailand funded by COOP: The main objectives of the project are to increase and secure farm incomes from rice-based agriculture, to improve their food security and adaptation capacities to climate change, to increase water efficiency, reduce and off-set greenhouse gas emissions and increase biodiversity, and to reliably supply high-quality certified rice. This involves organizing the farmers, leading them to form producer companies, internal control systems for fair trade practices and handholding support to make them sustainable.
    Project location : Nainital district of Uttarakhand.
    Project Partners : Nature Bio Foods, Uttaranchal Organic Commodity Board, International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture, Rice Fund Surin, Community of Agro-Ecology Foundation.

  3. Organic Cashew in Odisha: We are launching a project on Organic Cashew Value chain development in Khurda district of Odisha, India. The objective of this project is to support 1,000 cashew growers in partnership with a cashew processor from the area. The project support by State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO, Switzerland)

  4. Value chain analysis in Small Ruminants: IC has implemented a pilot project Innovation in Small Ruminants funded by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) under its Rural Innovation Fund. The pilot phase was implemented in Bommaraspet mandal of Mahabubnagar district, Andhra Pradesh involving Veterinary University, Animal Husbandry Department, NABARD and local NGOs. The key features of the pilot phase were ram lamb rearing, organization of women groups and linking groups with markets.

    While the first cycle of the pilot was over, ICSD has mobilised other resources to carry out the second cycle so that learnings from the first cycle of the pilot could be put into test. Main objectives of the second phase were:

    a. Strengthening of 100 CIGs of Small ruminant holders (including training and capacity building)
    b. Formation and strengthening of 10 women groups for ramlamb rearing
    c. Testing of a pilot on collective marketing.

  5. Intercooperation was engaged by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to undertake a study on Artificial Insemination (AI) service delivery in 9 sample states of India. The key aspects covered in this study were:
    Availability of quality AI services in different regions of the sample states.
    Genetic improvement through natural service and its performance in sample states.
    Understanding the technology, operational guidelines and institutional policies used by various service providers for AI services.
    The quality of human resources and processes used for its development for AI service provision.
    Systems used by various service providers for input supply and for service charges.
    Monitoring systems in place.
    The regulatory framework under which services are provided in different states.

  6. Intercooperation undertook a study under the guidance and support from UNDP India on ‘Value Chain Analysis and Business Development Plan in Livestock, Fisheries and Agriculture Sectors for Women’s Empowerment in Jaunpur, Mirzapur and Sant Ravidas Nagar of Uttar Pradesh’. The field study was undertaken current value chains in the agriculture, livestock and fisheries sector that engage women and develop a long list of potential value chains; from the long list, based on economic relevance and market feasibility, conduct an in depth study of two sub-sectors where women would gain maximum profitability and competitive advantage; finally, in the two identified sub-sectors, prepare up-gradation plans for bringing higher benefits to women.

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