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  project name ~ LEISA-Overall Coordinator

category ~ Livelihood Generation




  Project Name


LEISA-Overall Coordinator



AID Bangalore



Livelihood Generation



Magadi, Kolar, Raichur and Chitradurga




  Budget Approved


$ 3400


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Arun SP
Shruthi Vembar











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. Landowners can employ these trained landless women and be encouraged to switch to organic farming.

This project has multiple components in the first year - (1) Salary and travel costs for the overall coordinator and travel costs for resource persons. (2) NREGA level wages for landless laborers, equipment costs, etc. The second component is still being finalized because it depends on the exact local conditions in the district. Therefore, Prasanna requested us to consider the funding for the first component, namely the overall coordinator/travel costs part.

The second component will be taken up jointly by Bay Area and Pittsburgh, and will be a new project entry.





This project has been implemented in Bangalore Rural district (Magadi taluk) as an experimental process in which they trained 3 groups of women in organic farming methods, and have obtained good crop yields. Seeing this, many farmers in these villages have expressed interest in joining the effort and switching to organic farming.





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. Apart from livelihood generation and food security (addressed above), LEISA has two other components: energy self-sufficiency and education at workplace for the landless laborers. These are part of the same project in Karnataka, but will again be additional entries in the AID database.



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