Empowering Women Farmers through Agriculture and Livestock-based Livelihoods in Rajasthan- MKSP
This Phase 2 project, Mahila Kisan Shasaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) (“Women Farmers Empowerment Project” will assist 25,000 families. These families will join either livestock (dairy) or cropping farmer producer groups, and they will be trained to organize and manage respective producer companies. Heifer will focus on 6,000 families in livestock component, including training 150 Community Animal Health Workers, and Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) and the Ministry of Rural Development will focus on the 19,000 families in the cropping component (including training Community Agriculture Workers, based on Heifer's CAHW model). These two components will run parallel to each other in the project areas.
Heifer will contribute building the social capital through the values based holistic community development (VBHCD) approach and strengthening community based livestock service delivery system. Heifer will provide assistance to 6,000 families (1,500 Original Placement & 4,500 Pass-On Gift). All of these families will be assisted with full package of VBHCD model, while the physical inputs like animals will be resourced from government programs, through Self Help Group loans and bank loans.