What We Do
We are committed to free poor farmers from drought, poverty and distress; working a) through their organisations with emphasis on women and youth and b) promoting ecological farming and drought mitigation c) diversification of livelihoods with off-farm, non-farm and skill based employment / self-employment.
About 809 Sasya Mitra Groups (SMGs), translated as ‘Friends of Plants’, started small savings of Rs.50/- to Rs.100/- which was being used for lending small amounts of money to the needy members of the SMG. These small loans helped the members in meeting small but urgent expenses like the treatment of illnesses, paying children’s school fees, purchase of grocery.
AF at present focuses on transforming the conventional HEIDA (High External Input Destructive Agriculture), to sustainable that is low cost, local resource based, eco-regenerative and small rainfed farmer oriented.
Our Strategic priorities for 2015-18:
Strengthening CBOs and Participatory Process:
Strengthening the CBOs of farmers with emphasis on Gender and social equity, so that they play more and more active role in PPIME (Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation); and be proactive and responsive to any of their needs and problems.