India

Overview

India’s economy has experienced tremendous growth in urban industries such as services and information technology. However, more than 300 million Indians continue to live in poverty and of these, 75 percent live in rural areas. More than two-thirds of the population depends on agriculture—mostly at a small-scale or subsistence level—for their livelihoods.

TechnoServe works with women and men across rural India to:

Strengthen value chains: We work closely with smallholder farmers to enable them to grow high-value products, engage with private-sector companies and sell in profitable markets.

Foster entrepreneurship in poor communities: We provide business training and skills development support to women and men who want to create thriving, sustainable enterprises.

Support sustainable local economic development: Our market-led approach increases incomes for target groups, while also catalyzing economic and social development for the whole community.

Promote gender-inclusive communities: We integrate a gender lens throughout our programs and provide tailored support for women to expand their opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Improving Smallholder Livelihoods in Madhya Pradesh

TechnoServe is working with five Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) in the districts of Guna, Narsinghpur, Vidisha, Sheopur and Dindori in Madhya Pradesh in the wheat and maize value chains, helping to build them into sustainable businesses that work to the benefit of their member farmers. The project is focused on deepening smallholder farmer member engagement through targeted agronomic training to wheat and maize farmers through the FPCs, and improving wheat and maize smallholder farmers' access to various value-added services such as rent-based mechanization, access to seeds, milling, etc. The project is supporting more than 3,000 smallholder farmers by providing agronomy trainings, helping access to value added inputs and services channels through FPCs. At least 30% of project beneficiaries are women farmers.

Partners

Kellogg Company

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Sustainable Guar Initiative

TechnoServe is demonstrating and refining scalable actions for inclusive, sustainable growth and competitiveness of the guar market system in India. Through this program, TechnoServe aims to achieve a 25 percent increase in guar farming revenues for participating households. The Sustainable Guar Initiative – a partnership with chemical company Solvay and cosmetics company L'Oréal – also seeks to enhance environmental awareness in the region through groundwater-neutral best practices. This will increase the level and sustainability of the livelihood gains achieved under the initiative.

Partners

Hichem, L'Oréal, Solvay

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India
 

Bihar Agricultural Growth and Reform Initiative Program

TechnoServe is a partner to the consortium supporting the Bihar Agriculture Growth and Reform Initiative (BAGRI). TechnoServe is primarily responsible for reaching out to farmers towards implementation of extension activities and developing agriculture markets, establishing linkage between farmers and markets, monitoring farmer mobilization for formation of farmer groups and farmer producer organizations, training and capacity-building of farmers, farmer federations and Agriculture Department Officials, monitoring implementation of all initiatives in the cluster.

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India
 

Improving Livelihoods of Smallholder Farming Households in Karnataka

Maize is a key crop in Davangere district for 80% small and marginal farmers. These farmers face challenges such as lack of information of good cultivation, harvest and post-harvest practices, lack of information on package of practices specific to seed varieties, water stress due to delayed or low level of rainfall, pests and diseases, lack of bargaining power, lack of storage facilities and lack of direct market opportunities which affect their income. TechnoServe is implementing a livelihoods support program for 5,000 smallholder farming households in the Davangere district of Karnataka. Key elements of the intervention are Agriculture Development & Diversification; Livelihood opportunities developed for the youth of the farming households through the Agri Fellow Program; Economic empowerment opportunities created for the women of the farming households.

Partners

Cargill

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India
 

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Mumbai

This program targets growth-constrained, women-led small and microenterprises, operating in the unorganized or informal sector in the Mumbai urban area. Potential enterprises would have an annual turnover exceeding $10,000, with a significant number expected to be operating in the social and services sectors. The program includes training of women entrepreneurs selected through a screening process, and a business advisory program including mentoring support for identified women most positioned to scale up their businesses.
 

Youth-Employability Program in Mumbai

Mumbai has one of the largest concentration of young people in Asia, a vast majority of which live in slums with limited employment and educational opportunities. About 18 percent of urban youth in the 15 to 25 year age group are part of the predominantly unorganized labour force, of which 45 percent are illiterate and un-skilled. TechnoServe India has initiated a Skills Training and Job Placement program in Mumbai to identify and bridge the gap between education and employment by training adolescents in the aforementioned age group in basic work-ethic skills.

Partners

J.P. Morgan

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India
 

Women’s Farmer Producer Groups in Bihar

TechnoServe is implementing a year-long technical assistance project in Bihar aimed at strengthening the state’s effort to support women farmers through forming producer groups. TechnoServe is engaged in building capacity within the state National Rural Livelihood Mission (JEEViKA), providing technical assistance to producer groups and developing a multi-year roadmap to facilitate producer group formation and strengthen the broader producer group ecosystem in the state.

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India
 

Sharing Agricultural Innovation Between India and Africa

Feed the Future India-Africa Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Innovation Sharing Platform is a unique South-South collaboration that aims to build, demonstrate and test a scalable model of transferring agricultural innovations from India to Africa. The. U.S. Agency for International Development has identified Kenya and Malawi as the initial countries for pilot and testing the mechanism of transferring low-cost innovations developed by India’s farmers over the last two decades. To develop and test the model, TechnoServe’s project team will transfer and pilot five agricultural innovations with the aim of scaling and institutionalizing the transfer process. It will also demonstrate scalability of at least three Indian agricultural innovations that strengthen value chains in Malawi and Kenya.

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India
 

Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain

India is the world’s largest producer of dairy products, but the industry faces a variety of challenges. Abbott Nutrition is in the process of opening new supply chains in India to meet growing demand. This project aims to improve the quantity and quality of milk available, while improving farmer livelihoods and income. TechnoServe has undertaken an intensive study of the local daily value chain and is guiding the location of collection centers and route plans to maximize efficiency.

Partners

Abbott Nutrition

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India
 

Catalyzing Local Economic Development in Barmer District

Barmer District lies in Rajasthan's Thar Desert, a remote and semi-arid region with few livelihood opportunities. TechnoServe is implementing an integrated social and economic development program called Barmer Unnati, which will raise incomes for 10,000 households across Barmer. Over five years, the program will build rural enterprises and human resources, improve natural resource management, and increase agricultural incomes by introducing new crops and building sustainable market linkages.

Partners

Cairn India Ltd.

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India

Blog Posts

September 22, 2016

Win-Win Approach for Dairy Farmers and Businesses in India

A shared value dairy initiative in India fosters entrepreneurship and strengthens local communities through market-driven solutions.

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August 26, 2016

How Young Farmers in India Are Approaching Agriculture as Business

Family farms in Karnataka get a boost through TechnoServe's partnership with Cargill to support skill development of rural youth.

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August 16, 2016

The Guar Incentive: Better Yields Through Best Practice

In Rajasthan, India, guar farmers are applying sustainable agricultural practices to improve their livelihoods.

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Contact

TechnoServe India

B1 - 201 Centre Point
Opposite Bawla Masjid
243A, NM Joshi Marg
Lower Parel (E)
Mumbai 400013

Tel: +91 22 61283200

Punit Gupta

Country Director
infoindia@tns.org

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