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  project name ~ LEISA- 2012-2013(proposal in documents)

category ~ Rural Development and Environment




  Project Name


LEISA- 2012-2013(proposal in documents)



Green Foundation



Rural Development and Environment



Raichur, Magadi and Kolar




  Budget Approved


Rs 373800


  Year Approved







1   2   3  

  Chapter Coordinators


Amitabh Bhattacharya
Rounak Narvekar












LEISA or Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture is an initiative started by AID Saathi Prasanna Saligram along with AID Bangalore in certain regions of Karnataka. The project involves training landless laborers, primarily women, in methods of natural organic farming. The laborers then enter into agreements with landowners, in which the landowners pay for their on-farm activities. To encourage the landowners/farmers to switch to sustainable agriculture, AID pays the laborers for the additional hours they work for preparation of organic manure/pesticides at NREGA rates. Eventually these labor charges are expected to come through NREGA funds, wherever properly implemented. AID also funds the salaries of local and overall coordinators, who campaign for NREGA implementation and also oversee the day-to-day activities of the laborers.

This is the second year of funding of the LEISA project. There are two previous entries for the LEISA project: one for the salary of the overall coordinator, and second entry for the first year of labor charges. This component pays for the second year of labor charges for 11 laborers and salary for 1 overall and 2 local coordinators.





There are several impressive achievements of this project: 1) Nearly 21 farmers have expressed interest in Motaganahalli, one of the places where the intervention is going on. The MGHalli panchayat has agreed to approve NREGA for farm activities. 2) In Katanpalya village, the farmer Chandru has gone fully organic and is a success story of the LEISA project. His efforts have been featured in local newspapers as well as in the Bangalore mirror (clippings available in the LEISA part 2 project). 3) In Chintamani Dhanumattinapalli village, all the yield from the LEISA initiative has been bought up locally itself at competitive prices. Also a local bank has approved a large loan of 5 lakhs to the laborers in order for them to do organic farming. The LEISA group is trying to work out a plan of how to utilize these funds in the best possible manner. 4) The Bagalkot engineering college is willing to implement the LEISA project in 50 villlages. They just need the funds for this. 5) The LEISA coordinators are also involved with local groups and campaigns to promote the proper implementation of NREGA.





The main objective is to mainstream organic farming and to help farmers make the transition from conventional to organic farming. At the same time, the project also intends to provide training to landless laborers (through NREGA, where possible). Finally, the goal is to do a limited-time intervention, i.e., the farmers should be practising self-sustaining agriculture by the end of two years.



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