HARIT PRAYAS is an innovative development ‘sustainable communities’initiative of Caritas India in 64 villages of Bundelkhand region (India). Bundelkhand region is considered as one of the most deprived region with maximum number of farmer’s suicide in India. With HARIT PRAYAS movement based process in the form of equipping community with low input cost agriculture practices and accesses to government schemes through strengthening ‘inclusive governance’ farmers suicide in 64 villages of Bundelkhand have been brought down to zero. In HARIT PRAYAS to strengthen community understanding on sustainable agriculture practices of ‘sustainable agriculture’ have been nurtured amongst community through local folk. This all results in HARIT PRAYAS as a movement in the region and a with the impact a village in Chatarpur district of Bundelkhand has officially changed the name from Majhota to HARIT PRAYAS Majhota.
Caritas India - IndiaLead applicant
Interventions on : 1: Sustainable Livelihood 2: Disaster response 3: Natural resource Management 4: Community Health 5: Innovative education
Jhansi Catholic Seva Samaj - IndiaInitiative partner
Sustainable Livelihood with deprived community
Manav Vikas Seva Sangh - IndiaInitiative partner
Working on Sustainable Livelihood and inclusive governance
HARIT PRAYAS a community owned and managed programme with locally available low cost sustianble agriculture practices tuned with local community folk and culture has made community members from Majhota village of Chatarpur in Bundelkhand to officially change the name of village to HARIT PRAYAS Majhota
Locally based sustainable agricultural inputs could be better understand to community through usage of local folk, farming community could able to access it easily , use it easily, and benefited from it easily. What is important is strengthening community knowledge on usage of traditional practices. It takes time and initial impact is less, but to make community belief on it, needs to brand the programme and mode of communication to communities must be local folk . In HARIT PRAYAS practices of sustainable agriculture through usage of local inputs has cut down input cost in agriculture by more than 70% and to promote this songs, jingles and prayers have been developed on practices of sustainable agriculture in local Bundelkhandi language. Today HARIT PRAYAS is not just locally known but a national level Development Brand programme.
Farmers’ suicides in Bundelkhand are a result of several years of neglect of the agricultural sector and industrial backwardness. Neither the Uttar Pradesh nor the Madhya Pradesh government has made efforts to address the basic issues of ecological degradation, agricultural modernisation and rural indebtedness. Bundelkhand with all the seven districts in Uttar Pradesh (UP) – Jhansi, Banda, Jalaun, Chitrakoot, Mahoba, Hamirpur and Lalitpur, and six in Madhya Pradesh (MP) – Datia, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Panna, Sagar and Damoh, that comprise Bundelkhand are severely affected by this malady. The official figures for farmers’ suicides in UP Bundelkhand are 568 (2009), 583 (2010) and 519 (January-May 2011). In MP, the corre-sponding figures are 5,838 (2006-10) and 348 (January-May 2011) with a large number from Bundelkhand.
WITH HARIT PRAYAS WE HAVE ZERO DOWN THE FARMERS SUICIDE IN 64 VILLAGES!
1. A village (Majhota) in Chatarpur has officially changed its name to HARIT PRAYAS
Majhota. India's 1st village name on dev. prog.
2.A village ( semlapur) in Sagar is 100% CFL electrified village ( 1st in MP)
3. A village (Kota ) in Chatarpur 100% household practices 100% organic cultivation
4. A village in Jhansi, where community and panchayt banned veil system
5. A village in Jhansi where a CBO of Rajputs and Dalits formed 1st time in region and
broken all walls of caste system
6. 1st Team where in recruitment process Caritas India has been the part of process
and supported her valuable partners for hiring capable team
7. 1st development project in region where social audit of the project has been done
8. 1st project to initiate a concept of leaning cycle with other projects, community,
government officials and others NGOs
9. 1st project to be socially audited by community in India
The project directly catered 4608 small, marginalized and landless SC, ST and OBC of
The project directly caters 4608 small, marginalized and landless Schedule Caste-SC (47%), Schedule Tribes-ST ( 29%), and Other Backward Caste-OBC (24%) households with focus on women Headed Households. The deliverance of the project is through Community Based and CommunityManaged Organizations, (CBMOs) and other stake holders as Krishi Vigyan Kendera (KVK), NABARD and Panchayats. It has implementation period 1 Jan 2011 to 31st Dec 2013 i.e. 36 months.
In Bundelkhand region Caste system is quite strong and uplifting poor and marginalised SC and ST is quite difficult. Also SC & SCt community have quite less portion of agriculture land and they give their land to higher caste people -mainly because they are not able to meet input cost in agriculture.
Women ( specially widows) are the most vulnerable in the region and have hardly any access to land .
With HARIT PRAYAS scenario has changed-Both socially and economically!
In HARIT PRAYAS to implement to programme we have involved following people & Institutions :
- Community Based & Managed Organisation(CBMOs)-Community colectives
- Local Panchayat ( government body) as supporter of the programme
- Technical agriculture institute (KVK) and Bank (NABARD) as supporting agriculture partner and banking partner
- Qualified local language speaking Programme coordinators and Local youths as the community staff in the programme
- Local youths as the volunter in the programme.
- In terms of Resources involved in the programme was mainly Human resource and resource on capacity building.
Vinod Pandey from Caritas India has spent 625 days in field with community and lived the life of common farmer to understand scenario and brought change through regular interaction with team and community
Highly backward region without ant accesbility to reach to communities/villages: To overcome this In each village we have created volunteer base and also in every village we have established a Village Information Center managed by a village volunteer. Twice in a week meeting with all village volunteers in the cluster office of the programme -near to the project villages.
Women had hardly any right or access to agriculture land: Community mobilisation in the form of women farming collective along with men farmers club. Given extra resource support to women farming collectives
Highly political environment in villages and at Panchayt level-We involved Panchayats as our supporting partners to get their support for the implementation
Severe low level of Information on government programmes-Established Village Information centers in villages to dessiminate information on government programmes and on sustainable agriculture practices. Linked the same with local Panchayats
In terms of Impact on Environment:
- 56 villages out of 64 villages , 100% houseolds have adopted 100% organic cultivation practices_this has reduced emission of green houses gases through usage of chemical fertilisers
- A village in Sagar district has become 100% CFL electrified village and reduced power consumption in village by 50%.
- Not only 64 villages of the programme, but nearly 200 villages in the region had impact of HARIT PRAYAS and has started using local sustainable inputs in agriculture and cut down the cost in input cost of agriculture by nearly 70%
- 100% of farmers in the all 64 villages have adopted usage of regenerative traditional seeds , rather than hybrid seeds with no re-generation capacity.
- Birds like "Common Sparrow" count has increased in the project villages in last three years.
- About 5000 plantation have been done in the project villages.
HARIT PRAYAS is now a culture in Bundelkahnd region and community not just own it, but sing it, feel , play with it and practice it. With HARIT PRAYAS we are able reduce the input cost in agriculture byaverage 70% where as able to increase the production by 15- 20% and all this is through sustainable agriculture means of cultivation and with locally available resources. Today more than 200+ villages get influenced in the entire region by the impact of sustainable agriculture. On otherside we have not only focused on the input cost but also focus on how the community would move for cultivating the food grains rather than only the cash crops like soyabean , our concern is food grains must be given priority in compare to the cash crops. With HARIT PRAYAS approach the % of food grain grown on the land has also increased by 20%. Also with this calorie per day intake for an adult in the HARIT PRAYAS project villages has increased from 1090 to 2426 cal per day.
In order to disseminate the Innoavtions and results we have used followings
A: Amongst community:
- Folk songs on impact of HARIT PRAYAS
- Wall writings in programme villages
- Community meetings
- Community Branding of HARIT PRAYAS through Logo
- Name of programme in Hindi (local language)
B:For General Public & Other stakeholders:
- Through reports of HARIT PRAYAS
- Through blog: www.haritprayas.blogspot.com ( almost everyday update)
- Through social media on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harit.prayas
- Through HARIT PRAYAS News letter in Hindi
- Through broucher of HARIT PRAYAS
- Through CARITAS HARIT PRAYAS SOCIAL TOURISM
- Through HARIT PRAYAS online channel
- Through learning cycle cum review meetings
- Through handbook of HARIT PRAYAS
- Through a NGOs network formed through HARIT PRAYAS (http://liferajasthan.blogspot.in/2011/02/rwcwnt-activities.html)