Comprehensive Pilot Programme in the Jawadhu hills of Thiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu
22-23 June, 2012 Donbosco Tribal Development Society Jamunamarathur, Jawadhu hills, Tamil Nadu
A summary A two-day inception meeting for the Comprehensive Pilot programme initiated in the Jawadhu hills block of Thiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu by Coordinator of the Seeds Node, Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems (CIKS) Chennai, was held on 22 and 23 June, 2012. Held at the Donbosco Tribal Development Society, Jamunamarathur in Jawadhu hills, the meeting was attended by senior staff from CIKS, the CIKS team members involved in the project implementation and two members from the project partner, Vrutti Livelihood Resource Centre (VLRC). The meeting follows the proposal made by CIKS Chennai and Vrutti Livelihood Services Centre (VLRC) to the Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) Network in February 2012 for a Comprehensive Pilot programme for development of the Jawadhu hills block for a period of one year. During the meeting, an overview of the RRA Network programme was presented, as well as the framework for the Comprehensive Pilot programme in Jawadhu hills and a review of activities that have been taken up till now. A field trip to Seramarathur village was also organised, where the participants met with representatives of farmers groups and with the AGM of NABARD, Thiruvannamalai district. The two-day meet also organised an interactive session with the current and potential partners for the programme, including Assistant Administrative Officer, Assistant Horticulture Officer, Director and Representatives of Donbosco Tribal Development Society, representatives from Dhan Foundation and Village Reconstruction and Development Project (VRDP) and Centre for Traditional Medicine Research (CTMR).
Next steps: Project framework and indicators to be prepared based upon the feedback.
Programme strategy to be evolved.
List of 10 villages where the pilot activity will be focused to be finalised.
Scope and model of Agriculture Services Facilitation Centre (ASFC) to be worked out.
Value chain studies with respect to millets, fruits and forest produce to be undertaken.
An overall system analysis to be undertaken, to understand gaps and opportunities and evolve strategies.
Comprehensive Pilot (CP) Programme on Community Managed Seeds Systems
19-20 June, 2012 Asha Nivas Social Service Centre Chennai, Tamil Nadu
A summary A two-day inception meeting of the Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) network Comprehensive Pilots partners was hosted by Coordinator of the Seeds Node of RRA Network, the Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems (CIKS) in Chennai on 19 and 20 June, 2012. During the meet, the partners were given an overview of the Comprehensive Pilot (CP) Programme Partners on Community Managed Seeds Systems and, more specifically, the conception and workplan of the thematic node on seeds. Technical sessions provided an introduction to various aspects of seeds and related government schemes, programmes and support. Each partner gave an overview of the community managed seed systems promoted by them, with a detailed presentation regarding the situation analysis for a specific field area and a seed system plan, as a case study. The meeting was attended by representatives from seven of the nine organisations implementing the Comprehensive Pilots. Also in attendance were Programme Manager of the Seeds Node, representatives from Research, Water and Communications nodes, Dr. Sanghi, Advisor to WASSAN, and Dr. Vasant Saberwal of Ford Foundation, member of the Core Group.
Partners to develop a detailed plan on the seed systems as part of their field work.
A second meeting to be held to review the progress in this area during the course of the next year.
Experience of specific organisations to be studied and documented with regards to seed systems with provision for contingency crops.
Specific programmes to be studied for incentivisation of production, procurement and distribution of millets through PDS.
The Water Node to share a note on how each group can make an assessment of its own situation with respect to water.
Evolving an Alternative Paradigm for Seeds Systems for Rainfed Agriculture
27-28 January 2011 ICECD campus, Bopal, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
A summary The Seeds node of the Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) network held a two-day workshop on 27-28 January 2011 at the ICECD Campus, Bopal, Ahmedabad. Organised by Satvik, Bhuj, the workshop discussed specific issues around seed systems for rainfed areas and brainstormed on advocacy issues and pilot programmes to be taken up by the network. The workshop had 32 participants, including civil society organisations with long‐standing experience on seeds, scientists from ICAR, and representatives from the National Seeds Corporation and the Agriculture Department.
Evolving a rationale for an appropriate seed system for rainfed areas: This study will be commissioned to a consultant and the report is likely to be ready by the end of May.
Area-based pilots: Pilot programmes on seeds will be launched in selected areas across agro-climatic regions
New Paradigm for Rainfed Farming: Support Systems and Incentives
27-29 September 2007, NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi
A summary Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN) and Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) jointly organised a national workshop entitled New Paradigm for Rainfed Farming: Support Systems and Incentives on 27-29 September 2007 in New Delhi. On the basis of diverse field experiences and research outputs across the country, the workshop evolved a framework for establishing appropriate support systems and incentives for reinvigorating sustainable rainfed farming systems and livelihoods in rainfed areas. The workshop set the agenda for action research, piloting new initiatives, upscaling successful experiences, networking and policy analysis and influence that later took the shape of the RRA Network.
Rainfed Farming Systems Program under 12th FYP: Evolving an Operational Framework
14-15 May 2013, CRIDA, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Background The workshop stems from the deliberations and recommendations of the Working Group on NRM and Rainfed Farming Systems constituted by the Planning Commission for the 12th Five Year Plan. The Working Group proposed for a National Rainfed Farming Systems Program to be taken up during the 12th Five Year Plan. This was also included in the final 12th FYP document as a part of the National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture. The program seeks to depart from the conventional input subsidy centered generic crop production improvement framework towards a more natural resources integrated, decentralized program that makes location specific comprehensive investments for revitalising rainfed agriculture.
Workshop on seed technology and seed systems for RRA Comprehensive pilots
29-31 July, 2013 CIKS Experimental Farm and Technology Resource Centre Sukkankollai, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu Hosted by the Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems (CIKS), Chennai Anchor for the Seed Node, RRA Network
Background This workshop was conducted as part of the activities of the Seed Node of Revitalizing Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) Network for the NGOs involved in the Comprehensive Pilot (CP) Programme.
The need for such workshop for the CPs, evolved from the experiences gained during the last one year and the various interactions with the CPs, field visits to the project sites and interactions with other Thematic Nodes anchors.The programme schedule is planned based on the inputs received from different CPs. The workshop was structured to provide an overall view of the seed sector, demonstration and practical’s on identifying good seeds and an exposure visit to the government and private units involved in seed processing and certification.
Workshop on capacity building module development for RRA Pilots
12-13 August, 2013 MANAGE, Hyderabad
Background MANAGE (National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management) has initiated a program on Revitalizing Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) as a part of its regular annual programs.The program works closely with the RRA-Comprehensive Pilot programs that are operational in nine states. The RRA program at MANAGE is anchored by Dr. B Renuka Rani and Dr. VP Sharma of the NRM division with strong support from the Director General himself. A full time researcher is also being hired by MANAGE to support this initiative. Dr. NK Sanghi is anchoring this initiative from the RRA network.
MANAGE's program has three main components: Training program for Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) and Department of Agriculture officials and RRA-CP partners on various modules of RRA Action Research Program in Mahabubnagar and Malkangiri districts Policy advocacy initiative starting with a National Workshop. The workshop was attended by the RRA thematic nodal anchors and researchers from MANAGE. It discussed the initiatives of MANAGE, including ATMA, Agriclinics and Agribusiness Centers and other programs; Dr. K Umarani and Dr. P Chandrashekara provided an overview on these subjects. In his reflection on the summary of the proceedings, Mr. B Srinivas, Director General, MANAGE has elaborated on the commitment of MANAGE to the agenda, to the Network's efforts and promised all possible support from his institution.
The first training is planned from 2 to 5 September, 2013, at MANAGE, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad. Detailed course module is being developed by all the thematic nodal persons.
The RRA Network invites people from the network to contribute to this effort by sharing any resource or communication material and also, by way of expression of interest to be part of this effort.
Background The RRA Network has been going through a process of self-reflection initiated by the Core Group. The workshop was part of this process amidst a growing need to develop a more accountable governance and a self-corrective mechanism through a co-constructed process. This report captures the key processes and outcomes of the workshop which was facilitated by Gagan Sethi.
Workshop on 'Understanding and Planning Inland Fishery Development in Rainfed Areas in India'
19-20 November, 2013 National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Organised by ResRA, research group of the RRA Network, and the Fisheries Node of the Network
Background The two-day workshop was designed to provide a forum for presenting preliminary findings from the research project, 'A Study on Inland Fishery Development in Rainfed Agricultural Areas: Issues, Practices and Policies' commissioned by ResRA.
Dr. Satyendra Datt Tripathi, formerly with CIFA and Central Institute for Fisheries Education (CIFE), and Dr. Graham Haylor, Director, International Science Foundation, were involved with the study. In addition, RRA Network partner organisations presented their experiences and planning for coming years.
District level workshop for Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture in Arid Region, Kutch, Gujarat
17-19 December, 2013 Krantiveer Shyamji Krishna Varma University Bhuj, Katch, Gujarat Organised by MANAGE Hyderabad & RRA Network with partners in Katch
Background The three-day workshop organised by MANAGE & the RRA Network in partnership with their Katch partners, focused on systematically understanding the natural resources, constraints of the agriculture and livestock production systems within the arid ecosystem of Abdasa block. A strategy was evolved to include appropriate measures for strengthening rainfed agriculture, government schemes and institutional mechanisms.
Program inception and training workshop, RRA-PACS Fisheries Programme, Madhubani
20-23 January, 2014 SAKHI resource centre Madhubani, Bihar Organised by RRA Network, PACS and WASSAN
Background The four-day program inception and training workshop for identified community resource person (CRP) and program staff was organised at the SAKHI resource centre, Madhubani in Bihar on January 20-23, 2014. The workshop was aimed at giving farm practical exposure to the staff on various practices related to fishery as well as to develop program intervention plan in collaboration with project staff for this quarter.
State level workshop on 'Millets for Health & Nutrition', Nirman, Odisha
30 December, 2013 CYSD, Bhubaneshwar Bhubaneshwar, Odisha Organised by Nirman Odisha in collaboration with Action Aid
Background With an objective to develop a mass awareness on millets through continuous interactions with both the government and the farmers from different states, the workshop was designed to initiate the multiple benefits of millets.
RRA Malkangiri FRC completes one year, Malkangiri, Odisha
8 March, 2014 Malkangiri, Odisha Organised by RRA Network, Malkangiri
Background RRA Network, Malkangiri, celebrated one year of its Farmers’ & Fishery Resource Centre (FRC) on March 8, 2014. Exactly a year ago, the then Collector of Malkangiri, Muthukumar, inaugurated the FRC and RRA Network was given a place to sit and function from at a room in the Agriculture Department’s FIAC building. Thus began the endeavor to establish a resource centre at district level which could be accessible to farmers for seeking information and services related to their specific agriculture/livelihood concerns. This year, the Network took this opportunity to simultaneously celebrate the significance of women in agriculture since our anniversary coincides with International Women’s Day.