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  project name ~ Chetna Vikas - 2009 (2nd year)

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  Project Name


Chetna Vikas - 2009 (2nd year)



Chetana Vikas



Rural Development and Environment







  Budget Approved


Rs 250000


  Year Approved







1   2   3  

  Chapter Coordinators


Somu Kumar
Kartik Gopal
Satyam Godasi


San Diego
College Park
Bay Area





Farmers on a study group discussing self reliance





This area is part of the suicide-prone district in Maharashtra (Vidharba, Wardha, yavatmal).
AID contacted Chetana Vikas (CV), an NGO based near Wardha, Maharashtra, in 2007 as a way to be involved in the agrarian crisis resolution in the cotton belt.
CV gave a proposal for 3 years, $52,000 for each year.
AID funded $26000 (Bay Area - $6000) for 2008

CVs strategy -
1. Conduct traning workshops for farmers in their 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 SDs Vishwajeet in Feb 2009, Kiran planning on working long-term with CV.

CVs 2009 plan -

1. Open up more demo farms in remote villages so that more villagers are able to see the benefits of low-input/organic farming
2. Conduct more trainings

More information at http://wiki.aidindia.org/bayarea/index.php/Chetna_Vikas





1. 28 villagers took to "Farming for self-reliance 2. 24 villagers took to Organic Farming 3. 151 people took training in CV, 25% from out of state.





Train and facilitate poor, debt-ridden farmers towards low-input farming to enable food self-reliance and getting out of debt



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