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Vision

Rural women form the most productive work force in the economy of majority of the developing nations including India. More than 80% of rural women are engaged in agriculture activities for their livelihoods. About 20 per cent of farm livelihoods are female headed due to widowhood, desertion, or male emigration. Agriculture support system in India strengthens the exclusion of women from their entitlements as agriculture workers and cultivators. Most of the women-headed households are not able to access extension services, farmers support institutions and production assets like seed, water, credit, subsidy etc. As agricultural workers, women are paid lower wage than men.

To improve the present status of women in Agriculture, and to enhance the opportunities for her empowerment, Government of India has announced "Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana" (MKSP), as a sub component of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). MKSP strives to improve the present status of women in Agriculture, and to enhance the opportunities for her empowerment

Specific Objectives
  • To create sustainable agricultural livelihood opportunities for women in agriculture;
  • To enhance the participation of women in agriculture in a productive manner ;
  • To enhance the managerial capacities of women in agriculture for better management of bio-diversity;
  • To improve the skills and capabilities of women in agriculture to support farm and non-farm-based activities;
  • To enable women to have better access to inputs and services of the government and other agencies;
  • To improve the capacities of women in agriculture to access the resources of other institutions and schemes within a convergence framework.
Primary Objective

The primary objective of the MKSP is to empower women in agriculture by strengthening community institutions of poor women farmers and leverage their strength to promote sustainable agriculture.

Non-Negotiables
  • Strong Community institutions of Women farmers
  • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Low cost sustainable practices such as NPM/ IPM/ Integrated Nutrient Management
    • Mitigation of risk of exposure to hazardous farm practices
    • Soil Health improvement
    • Soil & water conservation and ground water recharging
    • Bio-diversity enhancement- - poly cropping, multi-layer farming etc
    • Use of indigenous knowledge
    • Resource Management
    • Suitability of technology to the local agro-ecology
    • Resilience to climate change – Integrated Natural Farming
    • Drudgery reduction for women farmers
    • Focus on landless, small and marginal farmers as project participants.

OUR INITIATIVES

MKSP has been launched in 2010-11. MKSP envisions empowering women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also create and sustain agriculture based livelihoods of rural women. The program is being implemented by NRLM in partnership with State Departments/CSOs as implementing partners (PIAs) across the country. The central to state share in funding for MKSP is 75:25.

Under NRLM, the core agenda of MKSP is to
(1) create sustainable livelihood institutions around agriculture and allied activities
(2) create sector-specific geography-specific best package of practices and
(3) create a wide pool of community resource persons for scaling up Livelihood interventions in the entire country.

Themes

1.Sustainable Agriculture
2.Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP)
3.Livestock
4.Fisheries

Sustainable Agriculture

Objectives

The core focus of MKSP under sustainable agriculture sector is to promote agriculture on sustainable basis where the inputs are localized, risks are mitigated, productivity is enhanced, food security is ensured and hence net income of family is increased. The important objectives of MKSP-Sustainable Agriculture are as follows:

-  Create sustainable agricultural livelihood opportunities for women in agriculture;
-  Ensure food and nutrition security at the household and the community level;
-  Improve the skills and capabilities of women in agriculture to support farm-based activities;
-  Enhance the managerial capacities of women in agriculture for better management of bio-diversity;

Guidelines Links

 -  Project Submission template
-  DPR Template

Expected Outcomes

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Resources

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Knowledge & Research

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Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP)

Objectives

The core focus of MKSP under NTFP sector is to enhance livelihoods of NTFP collectors by promoting the entire value chain at various levels- regeneration, collection, processing & marketing. The important objectives of MKSP-NTFP are as follows:

  • Ensure a better control of the institutions of the poor women NTFP collectors over the NTFP value chain
  • Promote regeneration of NTFP species to improve the bio diversity and enhanced productivity
  • Build the capacity of the community in modern harvesting and post harvesting techniques to increase their income
  • Promote value addition of NTFP to ensure higher returns
  • Develop market linkages for NTFP
Useful Links

 -  Guidelines
-  Project Submission template

Expected Outcomes

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Resources

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Knowledge & Research

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Livestock

Objectives

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Expected Outcomes

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Resources

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Knowledge & Research

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Fisheries

Objectives

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Expected Outcomes

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Resources

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Knowledge & Research

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Partners

  • CARD

    The Centre for Advanced Research & Development (CARD) is a non-government agency established in India with its HQ at Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). The field action projects of the Centre are scattered over the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh (Central India), but its researched, evaluation and documentation activities are nation -wide. CARD has been established to promote advanced research and to apply its findings for the protection and development of the society and its environment. more

  • SERP

    The Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) was established by the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GOAP) as a sensitive support structure to facilitate poverty reduction through social mobilization and improvement of Livelihoods of rural poor in Andhra Pradesh. SERP is implementing Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP) in all the 1098 rural Mandals of 22 rural districts in A.P. The vision of SERP is to enable every poor family in rural Andhra Pradesh to come out of poverty and stay out of poverty. SERP works on a comprehensive multi dimensional poverty alleviation strategy by focusing equally on the Livelihoods Value Chain and Human Development Indicators.more

  • Kudumbashree

    Launched by the Government of Kerala in 1998 for wiping out absolute poverty from the State through concerted community action under the leadership of Local Self Governments, Kudumbashree is today one of the largest women-empowering projects in the country. The programme has 37 lakh members and covers more than 50% of the households in Kerala. Built around three critical components, micro credit, entrepreneurship and empowerment, the Kudumbashree initiative has today succeeded in addressing the basic needs of the less privileged women, thus providing them a more dignified life and a better future. Literal meaning of Kudumbashree is prosperity (shree) of family (Kudumbam).more

  • MSSRF

    M S Swaminathan Research Foundation is a non-profit research organization and was established in 1988. M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has all along been developing and following a pro-nature, pro-poor, pro-women and pro-sustainable on-farm and non-farm livelihoods through appropriate ecotechnology and knowledge empowerment.more

  • Pradan

    PRADAN is a voluntary organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act of India.
    Established in Delhi in 1983, PRADAN was pioneered by a group of young professionals, all of whom were inspired by the conviction that individuals with knowledge resources and empathy for the marginalised must work with communities at the grassroots in order to help them overcome poverty. more

  • Jeevika

    Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) is an independent society set up by the Government of Bihar and supported by the World Bank. The BRLPS is implementing JEEViKA - Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project with the objective of enhancing the social and economic empowerment of the rural poor in Bihar.more

  • ASA

    Action for Social Advancement (ASA) is a non profit organisation, head quartered at Bhopal and working for the livelihoods improvement of rural poor in over 1000 villages in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar since 1996. more

  • Green Foundation

    GREEN Foundation works toward a well-preserved, diverse ecosystem that will sustain the rural livelihoods of the present generation without eroding the resource base of the future.more

Partner with Us

Non profit organisations/ NGOs fulfilling the following criteria can become Project Implementing Agencies (PIA) under MKSP. The organisation should

- Have at least 3 years of relevant experience in Institution Building & implementing Sustainable agriculture based livelihood activities with rural poor.
- Have minimum annual turnover of over Rs.25 lakhs in the past three years [as evidenced in the past three year audited financial statements.
- Be working with at least 500 farmers
- Have formed at least 100 SHGs/community based organizations for the promotion of livelihoods in the proposed area
- Registration should be in non- political and secular in nature
- Not be black listed by any government department
- Follow transparency norms in financial, material handling, benefit sharing and fulfillment of legal compliances
- Have adequate infrastructure, human resources with respect to the proposed project?

If the answer is YES to all the above you are eligible to apply for MKSP. Please refer Guidelines & Templates tosubmit your application Guidelines & Templates:

-  MKSP Hindi Guideline


NSO MOU

 - MKSP-Agriculture-Guidelines.pdf
- MKSP-Sustainable-Agriculture-Project-Proposal-Template.pdf
- DPR-template.pdf

Project Area

S.No Name of PIA States Project Total Project Cost (in Crores) No. of Farmers Covered
1 Zilla Samakhyas Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) programme 251.58 18,37,700
2 PRADAN Madhya Pradesh Enhancing Farm Livelihoods of Women SHGs in Mahakaushal Region of Madhya Pradesh 19.97 8,000
3 Kudumbashree Kerala Collective Farming through Women Farming Groups (Joint Liability Groups 79.9 1,50,000
4 CARD Madhya Pradesh Tribal Women Agriculture Transformation (TWAT) in Maikal Hills Region 2.56 4,500
5 BRLPS Bihar To enhance the income and agriculture productivity of women farmer through comprehensive agriculture intervention in Khagaria, Purnea, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Nalanda, Madhepura, Saharsa & Supaul Districts of Bihar 97.6 1,12,500
6 Consortium of Panchayats Kerala Reviving the Paddy cultivation through Women Labour Banks in Palakkad, Thrissur and Malappuram Distircts of Kerala 60.6 30,000
7 ASA Bihar Enhancing status of small women farmers by improving their strategic role in agriculture through building two tier women led collectives, increased agriculture productivity and ensuring efficient backward and forward market linkage systems, in Purnea, Khagaria, and Jamui Districts of Bihar. 13.17 10,000
8 ASA-Tikamgarh Madhya Pradesh Enhancing agricultural based livelihoods of small women farmers and improving their strategic role in agriculture through building multi level collectives, increasing agriculture productivity and establishing market linkages in tribal districts of Chhatarpur and Tikamgarh of Madhya Pradesh 9.16 8,000
9 Green Foundation Karnataka Empowering women ….. powering agriculture strengthening women farmers through sustainable agriculture practices and participatory development strategies 6.25 5,000
10 ASA-Jhabua Madhya Pradesh Enhancing agricultural based livelihoods of small women farmers and improving their strategic role in agriculture through building multi level collectives, increasing agriculture productivity and establishing market linkages in tribal districts of Chhatarpur and Tikamgarh of Madhya Pradesh 13.35 10,000

Project Area Map

Details of the ongoing project locations are mapped and presented below.


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Adminstration Tools

Project management tools

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MKSP Framework

The project aims at improving the capacities of women in agriculture to access the resources of other institutions and schemes within a convergence framework.

MKSP Framework

Get in touch

National Rural Livelihoods Mission Ministry of Rural Development
6th Floor, Hotel Samrat
Kautilya Marg, Chankyapuri
New Delhi – 110021
# 011 24122947

Process

The key actors in MKSP are CBOs, Project implementing Agencies( PIA), State Rural Livelihood Missions( SRLM) and NMMU. Their interaction during project proposal and sanction stages is presented below. Whereas SRLM and NMMU play key role in timely monitoring and evaluation of projects in the states.

MKSP Admin

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