Livelihood and Sustainable Development

We promote sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. We specialize in linking local priorities to global challenges. We work with some of the India’s most vulnerable people. We work with them to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them — from village councils to international conventions.

Natural resource management

We work to build partnerships, capacity and wise decision making for fair and sustainable use of natural resources, with a focus on local control.

Sustainable markets:

We work with local partners to ensure that markets and market mechanisms contribute to food security, environmental sustainability, economic development and poverty reduction

Decent Work and Economic Growth

We promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Young people, in our society, are struggling under a lack of decent work opportunities and insufficient investments. Yet the potential of this generation of youth is unprecedented. To make the most of this opportunity, SRADHA advocates for decent employment, invest in education, and ensure access to adequate nutrition and health services, including sexual and reproductive health care. SRADHA is working with local partners, including civil society, communities and governments, to encourage policies that can help realize a demographic dividend.

Training & Extension for Women in Agriculture:

SRADHA targets women engaged farming by transferring low cost technologies through training, capacity building and direct extension to  SHGs of farmwomen: Soil Testing, Germination Test, Seed Treatment, Seedling Raising, planting no. of saplings per unit area, Compost preparation, Pest Control, Storage Technique, Mushroom Cultivation, Rodent Control, Erect/sallow transplanting
Various risk management and risk education measures adopted by farmwomen include: Seed treatment, Summer Ploughing, Soil Testing, Germination Test, Crop Insurance, Use of Pesticide, Use of fertilizer, use of Micro-Nutrient, Use of Organic Manure, Knowledge and Information about Market demand and Situation, Knowledge about cropping          Practices, Rapport with extension staff, Saving, etc.

Through training, extension and field visits of farm women the project emphasize on

  • Awareness building of women to the messages of increasing agricultural production
  • Accessibility of local agricultural/allied extension staff to farmwomen and vice versa in their households in an otherwise conservative society where women hardly interacted with those officials.
  • Adaptability of messages like seed testing, seed treatment, planting of paddy seedlings, maintenance of plant population, plant protection measures, rising of backyard kitchen gardens etc.
  • Adaptability of new messages like use of bacteria culture in pulses and oil seeds, rodent control for storage of grains, soil health management practices, rain fed farming technologies, water management, integrated nutrient management, integrated pest management, post harvest technology etc.
  • Preparation and use of bio fertiliser and its benefits for soil and agricultural practices in terms of production and productivity.
  • Spread of crop diversification practices from pilot experiments like sunflower, off season vegetable, flower and fruit cultivation, mushroom cultivation, dairying, poultry, fishery, sericulture etc.
  • Development of leadership skill including skills to listen carefully, to reason, to reflect, to participate, to contribute and to disseminate improved technology among fellow farm women.
  • A number of low cost and no cost technologies had been selected and further adapted to suit the particular group of women and information disseminated to them in the form of training. Other help in the form of seeds, plant saplings, and spawn was acquired from governmental sources and extended to women. Emphasizing on no cost and low cost technologies the project aimed at providing an opportunity to the farmwomen to improve their knowledge on different skills and to increase the adoption of those technologies to enhance agricultural productivity. Thus development and enhancement of capability of farmwomen was the prime consideration of the project

Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Practices

  • SRADHA has promoted organic farming techniques in 37 locations where beneficiaries use moisture of rain water harvesting structures to grow off-season vegetables and spices. 572 farmwomen mostly from water user groups and SHGs are doing organic farming through a range of demonstration,training and extension programs.
  • Communities in the project areas are connected through sustainable food production, processing and distribution systems based on fair and open markets;
  • SRADHA has undertaken campaigns on dignified livelihoods and living wages for all workers in the farm and food sector; a safe, secure food supply; access for everyone in our society to sanitation, hygiene, nutritious, healthful and affordable food; SRADHA has promoted farming practices that produce quality food and other products, while preserving open space, abundant wildlife, and other forms of biodiversity.
Forestry

With a focus on locally controlled forestry, we work to improve the livelihoods of those living in and around forests, and ensure those forests are managed fairly and sustainably.

Land acquisitions and rights

Using legal tools and participatory approaches, we work to strengthen land rights for local people to improve their livelihoods and get a better deal from incoming investors

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