A multi-state study on policy and implementation issues of PMFBY has been taken up by several members of RRA N as per suggestion of RRAN working group for assessment of PMFBY implementation in selected states to identify bottlenecks and constraints in implementation of PMFBY at state level and national level. Based on the findings national and state level policy processes will be taken up at state level and national level.

Sajjata Sangh, Ahmedabad is anchor organization where as 14 other organizations are collaborators of the project in the state of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Bihar.

10 organisations in Gujarat, Sajjata Sangh, Pragati Abhiyan, Samaj Pragati Sahyog, WASSAN, 5 BRLF partners such as WONC, YCDA, SEWA, VSK, Lupin Foundation, Parahit Consortium (14)

The proposed pilot program will demonstrate, through application of SCI principles in wheat as well as other crops (pulses, oilseeds and vegetables) in Rabi 2017-2018, how farmers, NGOs and Government agencies can work together for promoting food production and nutritional security among climate vulnerable small and marginal farmers of rainfed regions (at least six districts) of India. The specific objectives of the pilot program are to:

  1. i) Upscale SCI among 1500-2000 farmers of rainfed regions of India
  2. ii) Develop IEC materials for promotion of SCI,
  3. iii) Leverage government funds for up scaling of SCI,
  4. iv) Develop region specific package of SCI practices,
  5. v) Create pool of SCI trainers for different agro-ecological regions. A larger program at the national level will be developed at the end of this pilot program, incorporating the experiences and learning, for up scaling SCI (looking at the cropping systems and including crops other than wheat) in the rainfed regions of the country.

People’s Science Institute, Dehradoon is anchor organizations while others are collaborators of the project are from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar


The RRAN Research Node proposal aimed to meet the RRA N and the partners in their data and analysis needs by providing dedicated support on demand basis. The broad categories of available data is:

  • Spatially explicit biophysical and/or satellite based data
  • Primary data on dynamics of rainfed households
  • Household level secondary data
  • Public census data
  • Other public data like groundwater data, crop area, production and yield, combined finance and revenue accounts
  • ISB, Hyderabad will anchor ResRA

    Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

    The proposed capacity building programme aims on laying down focus on the rainfed regions by the help of organizations and mentoring them in developing focus at macro perspective. The programme through its means, facilitate the policy initiatives by developing professionals who can assist the organizations to work in the rainfed regions. The programme will train the young professionals. These professionals will be helped to build their understanding on rainfed agriculture and related thematic like rainfed fisheries, crop diversity and millets, soil, protective irrigation, seed, agronomic innovations, extensive livestock system, reducing risks and institutional capacities. These professionals will also identiy policy gaps and suggest pragmatic solutions.

    IDEAL-CSJ will anchor this project. The fellows will be anchored in Jharkahnd, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Gujarat.

    Fellows from 8 partner organisations of 9 states have been selected. VB Network, IFHD, CYSD, VAAGDHARA, YRA, PSI, WASSAN and Sahjeevan will host the fellows.

    Framers led Policy discourse through Campaign, developing citizen charter on Tribal Farming. Forming network in Tribal Tri-junction of Rajasthan, Gujarat and MP. The proposed short duration proposal of mobilization and action aims to “create foundation and prepare road-map for farmer’s led advocacy and action agenda for revitalizing farming system in the area through a network of CSO and farmers clubs operational in the area” The key objectives are:

  • To undertake literature review of available resources and knowledge about communities and farming system in tribal dominated rainfed area of tribal junction.
  • To pilot farmer linkage campaign in the three districts of Rajasthan and lay foundation for farmers’ movement for revitalizing rainfed agriculture in the area.
  • Prepare Citizen Charter on Tribal Farming System and submit a policy ask on rainfed agriculture to the Collectors of 3 districts
  • Banswara, Rajasthan


    Developing Mainstream Program on Rainfed Fisheries, BYP, and inclusion of RRA approach in NREGA. On the basis of the outcomes of the pilot and study undertaken, further roadmap will be designed.

  • Fishery- A good number of water bodies has been created at Gram Panchayats which is lying unutilised. To make it more functional, fisheries can be developed. It will help the community in selling and for own consumption as well. Hence apart from earning, it will take care of nutrition aspects too.
  • Nabanna (crop diversification)- is considered as an option for Jharkhand to mitigate crop failure and provide all year round seeds to farmers.
  • Goatery - is also a viable enterprise to be taken up in tribal areas of Jharkhand which will earn good returns to the families.
  • BYP- is already being implemented by few VBN member organisations mostly in tribal areas. There is huge scope of promoting BYP in the tribal areas, which helps the families in earning additional income. Small inputs, vaccination/ health services and regular monitoring mechanism will assure maximum returns to the families.
  • Integrated farming system- Helps to raise additional income by using the local available resources for productive purpose.
  • Millets- As Andhra Pradesh has successfully implemented Millets with technical support from RRA, hence it can be explored as piloting in few areas of Palamu regions in Jharkhand.
  • Vegetables (bari khet)- Trellis crop (machan) in bari khet is a good option for the farmers to grow creeper crops for selling and own consumption.
  • Responsible agriculture practices- To make a balance in between organic and inorganic inputs in farm based agriculture for protecting and preserving soil texture and to reduce the crop failure.
  • Policy process for S/M farmers for better prize realization
  • CFT/MGNREGA- RRAN and VBN team along with other few CFT partners will discuss with MGNREGA commissioner of Jharkhand about the present scenario of CFT and the areas of concern where necessary improvement can be done by introducing production processes.
  • 13 districts of Jharkhand

    20 organisations of VB Network, Jharkhand

    A Study on Present status of Draft Animal Power Use in Rainfed Agriculture and its utilisation is taken up by the network. In this project, status, trends, Constraints of draft animals will be identified in Potential Rainfed Areas of 11 states.

    WASSAN, Hyderabad is anchoring the project. The study is conducted in Jharkahnd, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

    VB Network, URMUL Trust, APSSS, IFHD, PSI, DSC, PPRI, YRA, SPS, Sanjeevini, Pragati Abhiyan, Sahjeevan, WASSAN

    Initiation of camel milk collection project in Rajasthan through exploratory research and deliberations with Animal Husbandry Department in Rajasthan towards potential of establishing Camel milk dairy by procurement of camel milk by State Cooperatives or private dairy. The overall objective is to initiate exploratory research and deliberations in Rajasthan towards the procurement and marketing of camel milk. Specific objectives include the following:

  • To document the economic viability of the process undertaken in Kutch, as proof of concept for use in discussions with stake-holders in Rajasthan
  • To assess the financial viability of the procurement of camel milk in Rajasthan, based on seasonal and geographic variability in camel milk availability
  • To share the results from such an assessment with the state government , with either local dairies such as Saras or GCMMF/NDDB
  • To gauge community interest in participating in the milk procurement pilot
  • To work with all stake-holders to demarcate a road-map towards the development of a pilot plan for such procurement
  • Barmer, Jaiselmer and Bikaner districts of Rajasthan

    URMUL Trust, Bikaner, Rajasthan