BUILDING CAPACITIES OF SMALL & MARGINAL FARMERS IN THE SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT FARMING SYSTEMS INTENSIFICATION IN WEST BENGAL

Reduce poverty by improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of smallholder agriculture

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  • English

Organization name

SSCOP

Year founded

1974

Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $500k - $1m

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 5,000 - 10,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • India

Headquarters location: City

Coochbehar District, West Bengal

Location(s) of impact

Satmile, Coochbehar District

Website

http://www.satmilesatishclubopathagar.org

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/Satmile-Satish-Club-Sscop-an-Ngo-1673471926199867/

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

In Coochbehar, funding available to government for agricultural research and extension is limited and markets are too poorly developed to attract major private sector investment. As a result women and men farmers have little access to essential input and output markets and services to help them adopt appropriate technologies for increasing their productivity and incomes.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Building capacities of farmers to adopt new technology and practice.
Cost reduction through new technology transfer and Soil health control
New agriculture technology transfer to farmer through service provider
Quality Seed, pesticides, fertilizer easily provide to farmers
Market linkage for better price realization by the farmers.

The initial model used by SSCOP, is setting up a Micro-Enterprise which follows the following model at a micro level in Coochbehar. This to the extent has mostly been initiated barring aggregation which is at a nascent stage (includes Mini Dal and Rice Mill).This company will then give franchisee of Farmer Service Centre to local entrepreneurs and reputed organizations operating in interior areas at the block level (few informally done).

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Qualitative Impacts
• Due to labour issues mechanization has reduced the drudgery of manual labour and has also reduced the time of cultivation.
• Women are able to spend more quality time with their families especially children.
• Also the cost of cultivation has come down for all the crops.
• The overall impact on incomes has shown better education, health and asset oriented results.
Quantitative Impacts
• Hence in totality a farmer is earning around Rs. 55717/acre in a year which is a high income considering what they were earning through traditional practice i.e. Rs. 24002/acre profit more than 2 times profitability.
• Also the farmer is now getting 2 months of additional time due to mechanization which adds up their income by carrying out extra work by almost Rs. 10000 in 2 months.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

SSCOP is now planning to scale up the aggregation and value addition and marketing so as to increase the profitability and also thereby creating the major impact on the economy of the small and marginal farmers of Coochbehar with rest of the services and network in place.
SSCOP plans to aggregate 3 produces in a year – Rice (Normal & Fog), Lentil (Moong) and Maize as they are the main crops and also fetches good revenues.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

The uniqueness of this project is to create economic and environmental values through collectives

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

The Aha! moment was when Australian Centre for Agriculture Research partnered with SSSCOP on SRFSI project in Eastern Gangetic Plains of Coochbehar, West Bengal. his triggered the scientific cultivation for the first time in West Bengal which also addressed the issue of climate resilient crops and bringing in the benefits to small and marginal farmers.
The other Aha! moment was when we got a large corporate like GAVL partnering and helping us in scaling up the project.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

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