Tratado Internacional sobre los Recursos Fitogenéticos para la Alimentación y la Agricultura

BSF Project - Second Cycle

Seeds for Life – Action with farmers in Uttar Pradesh to enhance Food Security in the context of Climate Change in India
SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY FOR 50 villages, covering more than 650 families (about 4000 people) in Uttar Pradesh, is the focus of this BSF project.  The region is the major rice and wheat producing area of Northern India, with 70% of its 200 million population dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. This includes female farmers organized into self-help groups, as well as other farmers’ clubs for the establishment of System of Rice Intensification techniques, in-situ seed conservation practices and the diversification of farming systems.  This project has helped establish direct interaction between farmers, field staff and scientists. The active participation of farmers’ clubs and women’s self-help groups has created a sense of ownership and involvement towards common objectives. These farmers have already been involved in establishing varietal trials, creating nurseries, transplanting and other best practices for sustainable rice intensification.  Farmers’ fairs and exchange visits have been organized to encourage the exchange of knowledge and good practices. Since farmers at the selected project sites are very dependent on a few high yielding commercial varieties of rice and the over-use of chemical fertilizers, several new varieties of rice and rice germplasm have been introduced and farmers are participating in varietal trials and in the selection of the well performing varieties for seed multiplication.  Furthermore, women have been engaged in nutrition and cooking workshops aimed at including new biodiversity-friendly food products into their daily meal preparation. In addition to the traditional crops, new crops and more varieties of rice and wheat are being introduced by farmers in the area as optional choices. This project aims to introduce three new crops in the area: Amaranth, Moringa and Quinoa, which may increase farmers’ production and income during fallow seasons.  Humana People to People India has succeeded in securing co-financing for sponsoring another project that presents synergies with the Seeds for Life initiative, namely, the project Strengthening Rural Economy and Empowering Women Farmers of Unnao District through Sustainable Livelihood Opportunities, which targets 10,000 poor women farmers in 200 villages of the Uttar Pradesh region. This initiative will provide ‘end-to-end’ solutions for women’s empowerment through the introduction of better farming methods, diversification of cropping systems, introduction of new crops and creation of links with financial institutions and government programs related to health and insurance. The activities of this co-funded project will contribute to building sustainability of results of the BSF project.
Rice, Wheat
Window 2 - Immediate action projects
Region: Asia

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