MAHARASHTRA PRABODHAN SEVA MANDAL
Lokmanya Nagar, Gangapur Road, Nashik 422002, Maharashtra State, India
P. Joel Noronha, SJ, Director
Number of Beneficiaries: 200 women
Budget 7500 Euros/any
The Kokna, Warli, Mahadev Koli, Katkari and Thakur Adivasi/Tribal Clans that live in the hill country of Nashik District struggle to earn a living on small and marginal landholdings with declining soil fertility and water resources. Natural resources on which they depend need enhancement for productivity.
Adivasi/Tribal Women of these hill dwelling communities are active and hardworking participants in their community occupations to make a living from forest, soil and water resources barely available to them and in danger of declining further. They are the worst affected in terms of climate change because they are a dryland farming community, which is dependent on rainfed agriculture alone. Due to this phenomenon migration in the proposed project area is huge, looking for jobs in nearby cities and often living in sub-standard conditions.
If Adivasi/Tribal Women are shown more sustainable, climate resilient and nature friendly ways of agricultural production, livestock management, indigenous health practices, forest enhancement and value addition of NTFP, linking with government schemes and social articulateness they will be a key force of Adivasi/Tribal community development.
a) Front Line Demonstrations of Organic Farming Technologies in Adivasi Villages involving Women?s Self-Help Groups, which facilitate a direct interface between farmers and technology (and the promoting organization).
b) Promoting Monsoon Planting of Fruit and Forest Trees with Kitchen Gardens ? reforestation initiative to promote, revive and sustain local bio-diversity systems.
c) Promoting Poultry, Dairy and Goat Farming among Women Beneficiaries as micro-enterprises to enhance the entrepreneurial abilities and boost the economic status of tribal women (their families and community at large).
d) Holding Instructional Sessions on Indigenous Health Practices and training on preparation of herbal medicinal products.
e) Facilitating and promoting contacts and interface between Govt. Departments working for tribals and Tribal Women?s Groups.
f) Training Tribal Women in Social Communication, value addition of NTFP and digital and financial literacy through classes and inputs.