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  Project Name


LEISA - labor incentives (part 2)



AID Bangalore



Rural Development and Environment







  Budget Approved


$ 2800


  Year Approved







1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  

  Chapter Coordinators


Arun SP
Shruthi Vembar







Chandru, the farmer cum coordinator, with his family on his plot at katanpalya





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 that will function as an incentive to promote activities related to sustainable agriculture practices.

This project entry is for the second component of the same LEISA proposal. Updates of the LEISA project are included here, and the old entry is only for the overall coordinator part.





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. Another positive development is that all the produce from these farms has been bought up locally without having to market them to distant markets such as those in Bangalore.





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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