Crisis to Confidence: Mahila Kisan Sasakthikaran Pariyojana - Programme for Empowerment of Women Farmers - in Vidarbha Region of Maharashtra, India

Manjula, M. (2012) Crisis to Confidence: Mahila Kisan Sasakthikaran Pariyojana - Programme for Empowerment of Women Farmers - in Vidarbha Region of Maharashtra, India Universitas Forum: International Journal on Human Development and International Cooperation, 3 (1). ISSN 2070-6790

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Abstract

In India, despite being engaged in farming and farm-related activities, women are not recognized as 'farmers' and have limited access to technology, credit, inputs, market and agricultural extension services. Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP), an initiative of the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), was implemented as a message of hope for women farmers. The initiative recognizes women as farmers and mobilizes them into collectives at the village level. The MKSP builds the capacity of women farmers to make decisions concerning their lives and livelihoods; provides training on different key issues such as organizational management, sustainable agricultural practices and food and nutrition security. The small initiative started by MSSRF has achieved national recognition with the Government of India launching a programme under the same name in 2010. In the context of high rates of farmer suicides in India resulting in many single women farmers, this case study and accompanying video analyze the experience of MKSP, highlighting the results achieved, major challenges and learnings.

Document Type:Article
Keywords:Maharashtra Region, India; Women's Empowerment; Women Farmers; participatory governance
Topics:Environment and natural resources > Case studies
Decentralized cooperation and territorial partnerships > Case studies
Local economic development > Case studies
Work and human development > Case studies
Women’s empowerment and human development > Case studies
Democratic and participatory governance > Case studies
Poverty and inequality > Case studies
Social and solidarity economy > Case studies
Deposited On:11 Jun 2012 16:43
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Corporate Authors:M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)

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