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  project name ~ Chetana Vikas - 2011

category ~ Community Empowerment




  Project Name


Chetana Vikas - 2011



Chetana Vikas



Community Empowerment







  Budget Approved


Rs 767500


  Year Approved







1   2   3  

  Chapter Coordinators


Somu Kumar
Kartik Gopal
Satyam Godasi


San Diego
College Park
Bay Area










This area is part of the suicide-prone areas of Maharashtra (Vidharba, Wardha, yavatmal).AID has been working with Chetana Vikas (CV), an NGO based near Wardha, Maharashtra, since 2007 as a way to be involved in the agrarian crisis resolution in the cotton belt.

CVs strategy -
1. Conduct traning workshops for farmers in teir demo organic farm
2. Provide local, traditional seeds from their seed bank, help with soil and water conservation efforts
3. Organize farmers and help them manage their produce for self-reliance first and then local marketing

Visited by AID Jeevansaathis - Ravi, Aravinda, Kiran and AID US volunteers Vishwajeet in Feb 2009 and Nishikant in 2010. Kiran planning on working long-term with CV.





1. Chetana-Vikas''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s Alternative Agriculture Resource Centre (AARC) is very extensively, and indepth, visited by activists, volunteers, NGOs, Network representatives, policy makers, scientists, Govt officers, farmers etc. The visits comprised of 771 person days in 2010. 2. All the farmers in our Project had sown 16 crops on an average. The average Net income was about Rs.3,000 per acre whereas those who suffered losses had an average of Rs.1,500 per acre (from about 38 farmers experiences documented). Apart from averages, some farmers could get a net income even upto Rs. 20,000 3. About 2.24 quintal of seeds have been purchased in total by farmers from the seed bank and the degree of agro-biodiversity has been 19 crops in single field per farmer on an average. All these crops are essential selected food crops apart from the cash crops cotton and soybean. This rich bio-diversity represents cereals, pulses, vegetables, tubers, spices, fiber and fodder crops. 4.Soil and water conservation work has been initiated by additional 21 farmers in 7 villages. In the fields, 104 acres have been covered with Inside-the-Field 75 contour bunds or graded bunds constructed by Village Engineers. 5.Higher price for agro-produce through partnerships with buyers like a local hospital that was prepared to pay a premium of 20% for cotton.





The goal of the project is to promote Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture to address the agrarian crisis. Specifically 1.Soil and water conservation for empowerment : Inside-the-field based watershed development 2.Promote seedbanks - appropriate seeds for Self-Reliance 3.Introduce farmers to self-reliant farming and train them in the techical areas 4.Help market the farm produce for livelihood generation 5.Work with different organizations on affecting macro policies through successful demostration of sustainable techniques



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