Empowerment of Women Farmers of Tribal Areas of Chhota Udepur district of Gujarat, India

Empowerment of women farmers through skills building in tribal areas of Gujarat to ensure economic sustainability and food security.

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Organization name

Deepak Foundation

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

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
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • India

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

• India • Vadodara • Kawant and Naswadi blocks of Chhota Udepur district



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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The project wanted to address the issue of gender inequalities in labor force especially in the area of the agriculture. It has been observed that despite the active participation of women in various agriculture and allied activities their contribution remains invisible as it is termed as unpaid family work & do not account in labor force participation. So, the project aims at combating such discrimination of women farmers & for their upliftment.

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

The project aims at combating such discrimination of women farmers and envisions their empowerment and mainstreaming by equipping them with necessary skills to adopt new and innovative agricultural practices for sustainable development and their livelihood. For this, Women with marginalized, small or negligible landholdings from Kawant and Naswadi blocks of Chhota Udepur District of Vadodara were selected with the aim of increasing the household income through collective cultivation and sale of agri. produce. The beneficiaries were expected to cultivate organic produce to save on the cost of pesticides and fertilizers to promote vegetable and pulse cultivation to ensure food security. The program mainly focused on training and building the capacities of women farmers from tribal villages on sustainable agriculture and cattle management.

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

• The program benefited total 6000 women farmers from tribal areas • 64 % reduction in cost of cultivation from baseline • 2-18% increase in yield of various crops like, maize, cotton, pigeon pea, more than 100% increase in soyabean yield • 89 % increase in vegetable income (upto Rs 1.3 crores of vegetables were sole by women) • 18% increase in milk income (upto Rs 2.06 crores of milk was sold be cattle owning women) • 27% increase in collective production & marketing • 11 % increase in income of households • 70% increase in no. of women with bank accounts • 36 % increase in women participating in financial & agriculture related decisions

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

One of the objectives of the program is to form community institutions that would be involved in joint production, planning, farming and marketing. With the successful formations of community bases institutions such as Farmer Producer Groups and the apex body of FPC in the tribal blocks, the women farmers would be empowered and act as small scale entrepreneurs which would help in establishing financially sustainable federation of women farmers.

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

The project focuses on empowering women farmers by turning them into social entrepreneurs.

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

In 2009, Deepak Foundation - The CSR arm of DNL had successfully implemented Kawant Livelihood Program (KALP) with support of Tribal Development Department under the public private partnership with the Government of Gujarat. Under this program, the Foundation had observed significant economic development among the tribal farmers and developed successful models such as the Women Dairy Cooperatives (WDCS) . Considering the economic development and women empowerment achieved under KALP, the Foundation proposed to further commit to the program by introducing best practices of sustainable agriculture to around 6,000 women farmers from Kawant and Naswadi blocks of Chhota Udepur district which gave birth to Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana.

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Idea is good.
Only woman will be involved in community farming?