About MKSP

The Mahila Kisan Sashakthikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) program of the Government of India aims to improve the status of women in agriculture and bridge the gender gap that still exists in the Indian agrarian world to bring about systemic change in the sector. Launched in 2010-2011, the program was initiated through Aajeevika – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), with a specific agenda to:

  • create sustainable livelihood institutions around agriculture and allied activities
  • create sector-specific, geography-specific best package of practices and
  • create a wide pool of community resource persons for scaling up livelihood interventions in the entire country

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Currently being carried out  across India through NRLM, the program is being implemented in partnership with State Governments and program implementation agencies (PIAs). In August of 2011, GREEN Foundation became an implementation agency of MKSP, working in the state of Karnataka with 3000 women farmers from Chitradurga  district and 2000 from Ramanagara district. Take a virtual tour of our Ramanagra project area. 

GREEN’s Strategy to Empower Women Farmers

Community
Consultative
Committees

Participatory
Guarantee
System

Sandhya
Adhyayana

Crop Monitoring

Kitchen gardens

Community Resource Person Training

Health camps

Rare Variety Demonstrations

Training on
Sustainable
Agricultural
Practices

Biodiversity
Conservation
Initiatives

Exposure visits

Seed distribution

Producer
Groups

Smokeless
Chulahs

Livestock
Management

Digital
Green

 

Program Objectives

  • Facilitate sustainable change through capacity building: training and orientation initiatives are designed to build the capacity of women farmers so that they are not only equipped with the technical knowledge to efficiently manage their family farms and resources, but also empowered with the skills to emerge as community leaders in their own right.
  • Strengthen livelihood and nutrition security: by promoting the cultivation of indigenous varieties through sustainable agriculture practices that are in sync with the natural ecology of farmlands, and by extensively promoting biodiversity conservation to ensure seed availability for the future, we aim to strengthen livelihood and nutrition security for women farmers. In order to further strengthen their livelihood and economic security, we also plan to promote initiatives that diversify women’s income base through alternate income generation programs.
  • Raise awareness among women farmers: poor literacy levels and little exposure to the world outside their own communities leaves many women farmers unaware of various government programs and schemes that may be beneficial to them. Often, they have little understanding of their own rights as citizens of the country and require guidance to avail their entitlements. GREEN works to raise their awareness levels so that they may make the best use of these programs.
  • Enable institutional development: we aim to initiate community-based organizations which strengthen MKSP intervention programs, and sustain positive change in the community long after program completion. These include improving the effectiveness of Self Help Group (SHG) initiatives, Community Seed Banks (CSBs) and Sustainable Agriculture Resource Centres (SARC). It is hoped that such institutional development, rooted in self-governance and lead by community members themselves will ultimately lead agrarian communities on the road to autonomy.