- MARCH 2017


- OCTOBER 2017


- APRIL 2018





Consultation Meeting on “Present Status and Utilisation of Draught Animal, Specific Constraints and Potential of Animal Energy in Rainfed Areas”

Draught Animal Power (DAP) has been out of the radar of public policy and investments; farm mechanization is seen as given and inevitable. In spite of such indifference in public attention, draught animals provide the necessary services primarily in land ee494699-f54a-4f57-8439-33510b828f52preparation and transport in over 100 million ha of farmlands in India (60% of net or gross sown area). While in some of these areas, draught animals co-exist with farm mechanization used for specific purposes in agriculture, in other areas where penetration of mechanization is low – draught animals form the backbone of agriculture. Animal power becomes much more needed for ‘marginal lands’ and small & marginal farmers who are the least priority for the hired services of tractors. There is no structured attempt in recent times in taking stock of this neglected but essential area for rainfed agriculture.


Sustainable Rainfed Agriculture Development in Madhya Pradesh - Bundelkhand Region

A Consultation was organized by DA, INTACH, PSI, Green Economy Coalition, and RRA Network on developing a strategy for rainfed farming systems in Bundelkhand region on 28th September 2018 at Hotel Palash Residency, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The objective of the consultation was to develop a rainfed farming system to bring rainfed farming families into the growth story of Madhya Pradesh in 4 districts of Bundelkhand region of MP of which 2 will be aspirational districts. The meeting was attended by 65+Members. There was participation from CSOs working in Bundelkhand region of MP, farmers, Additional Director Agriculture, NABARD.


APRIL 2018


Event Report - Fish Harvesting Day (ZBNF - Fisheries)

Fish harvesting day was jointly organized by CAVS and WASSAN in one of the CR ZBNF clusters of Sastrullapeta, Hiramandalam, Srikakulam District on 27th April 2018. The RNGO and FNGOs have made an effort to enhance the fish production through building capacities of farmers on package of practices in 110 waterspread area of 106 ponds in Seethampeta, Hiramandalam and Veeragattam Mandals of Srikakulam district. The specific objective is to enhance fish productivity through ZBNF approach and build multiple securities for tribal farmers. Upscale the intervention for 1000 acres under Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming (CRZBNF) Program. The initiation began in September 2017. The three Indian Major Carp fingerlings released in tanks & ponds with support of District administration and department of fisheries, Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh.




2 Day Workshop in Raipur, Chhattisgarh

2 Days workshop was organized on 16 - 17 November, 2017 with SRI Manch at Raipur. Sabyasachi, Dinesh and Ravindra from Network Hub and Swomya Prakash from PMU, and Mr Soumen Biswas attended this workshop.




Integrating RRA Production System Approach in 2nd Phase of CFT

On 30th October 2017, Mr Ravindra and Dr. Sabyasachi along with VBN members met Mr Sidharth Tripathi, Commissioner, MGNREGA at Ranchi in order to discuss possibilities of integrating RRA production system approach in 2nd Phase of CFT.


Workshop on Developing an Understanding on Rainfed by VB Network and the members organisations to faciliate the agenda on RRA Network in Jharkhand

14 member organizations along with representatives of PMU and NH participated in this workshop to develop common policy actions towards revitalizing rainfed agriculture in Jharkhand on 24 and 24 October, 2017 at Ranchi.




One Day Consultation on "Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture towards Inclusive, Secure and Sustainable Agriculture in Rajasthan"

Commissioner, Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan organized one-day consultation on ‘Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture : Towards Inclusive, Secure and Sustainable Agriculture in Rajasthan’ in collaboration with VAAGDHARA, RRA Network and its members at Jaipur on 4th September 2017.


MARCH 2017


Enhancing Access to Crop Insurance for the Unreached

A state level workshop on the subject was organized on 7th March, 2017 in Ahmedabad by Sajjata Sangh, a state level network of civil society organizations in Gujarat and Development Support Center. The focus of the workshop was on Prime Ministers’ Fasal Bhima Yojana (PMFBY) and the need to include ‘non-loanee’ farmers in the insurance scheme.