Current Action



Partner Organisations

Proposal to undertake policy action on effective implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) A multi-state study on policy and implementation issues of PMFBY has been taken up by several members of the network to identify bottlenecks and constraints in implementation of at state and national level. Based on the findings, national and state level policy changes will be taken up. Sajjata Sangh, Ahmedabad is the anchor, with 14 other collaborator organizations 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 (WONC, YCDA, SEWA, VSK, Lupin Foundation), Parahit Consortium (14)
Introduction of System of Crop Intensification(SCI) in Rainfed Areas – A Pilot Project The pilot project will demonstrate the application  of SCI principles in wheat, pulses, oilseeds and vegetables, among climate vulnerable small and marginal farmers of rainfed regions (at least six districts), during Rabi 2017-2018, how food production increased and nutritional food security achieved. The specific objectives of the pilot project are:

  • Upscale SCI among 1500-2000 farmers of rainfed regions
  • Develop Information, Education & Communication (IEC) materials for promotion of SCI
  • Leverage government funds for upscale of SCI
  • Develop region specific package of SCI practices
  • Create pool of SCI trainers for different agro-ecological regions. A larger program at the national level will be developed incorporating the experiences and learning from the pilot for the upscale of SCI (including crops other than wheat) in the rainfed regions of the country.
People’s Science Institute, Dehradoon is anchor organization along with collaborators from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar. PSI, PRADAN, PRAN, SST, BSS, VAAGDHARA (6)
Researching Rainfed Agriculture (ResRA)– A proposal to ISB, Hyderabad for research and engagement in data analysis for the RRA Network ResRA is to meet the data and analysis needs of RRA network by providing dedicated support on demand. The categories of data are:

  • 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 ISB, Hyderabad
Capacity building of professionals for policy deliberation on RRA The aim is to focus on and mentor organizations in rainfed regions to develop a macro perspective. It facilitates this by training and developing young professionals who will assist the organizations. These professionals will help build their understanding of rainfed agriculture and related thematics (rainfed fisheries, crop diversity and millets, soil, protective irrigation, seed, agronomic innovations, extensive livestock system, reducing risks and institutional capacities) and help identify policy gaps and suggest pragmatic solutions. IDEAL-CSJ is the anchor and RRA young fellows will be anchored in Jharkahnd, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Telangana and Gujarat. Vikas Bazaar Network (VBN), IFHD, CYSD, VAAGDHARA, YRA, PSI, WASSAN and Sahjeevan will host the fellows selected from 8 partner organisations of 9 states.
Prepare a roadmap and lay the foundation for revitalizing rainfed agriculture systems in tribal junction of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Forming a network in the tribal Tri-junction. Aims to create a foundation and road-map for farmer’s led advocacy and action, to revitalize farming systems in the area, through a network of NGOs and farmer’s clubs operational in the area.  The key objectives are:

  • To undertake literature review of available resources and knowledge about communities and farming systems in tribal dominated rainfed areas of the tribal tri-junction.
  • To pilot farmer linkage campaigns in the three districts of Rajasthan and lay a foundation for farmers’ movement for revitalizing rainfed agriculture.
  • Prepare citizen charter on tribal farming system and submit a policy ask on rainfed agriculture to the Collectors of the three districts of Rajasthan.
Banswara, Rajasthan VAAGDHARA
Proposal on strategic areas of policy engagement on rainfed agenda in Jharkhand Develop pilot mainstream programmes on rainfed fisheries, BYP, and inclusion of RRA approach in NREGA. On the basis of the outcomes of the pilots, further roadmap will be designed.

  • Fishery- A number of water bodies have been created at Gram Panchayats that are unutilised. Fisheries would help the community sell and also meet individual consumption needs, taking care of nutrition too.
  •  Nabanna (crop diversification), is an option to mitigate crop failure and provide year round food grains to farmers.
  •  Goatery is a viable enterprise, with a potential to earn good returns.
  •  BYP is already being implemented by a few VBN member organisations, mostly in tribal areas. Small inputs, vaccination/ health services and regular monitoring mechanisms will assure maximum returns to families from BYP.
  • Integrated farming system along with responsible agricultural practices helps protect and preserve soil texture, reduce crop failure, allowing small and marginal farmers (S&MF) to raise additional income by using the locally available resources more productively.
  • Millets may be explored on a pilot basis in few areas of Palamu region of Jharkhand.
  • Vegetables (bari khet) or trellis crops (machan) are an option (to grow vegetable creeper crops), as an income generation and own consumption.
  • Policy processes for S&MF for better prize realization
  • RRAN, VBN, along with Cluster Facilitation Team (CFT) partners to discuss with MGNREGA commissioner of Jharkhand about the present scenario of CFT and the areas of concern where necessary improvements may be brought about using process changes.
13 districts of Jharkhand 20 organisations of VBN, Jharkhand
Study on draught animal power use in rainfed agriculture – status, trends, constraints, and potential in the climate change regime The study will collect data from rainfed areas of 11 states. WASSAN, Hyderabad is the anchor. The study is conducted in Jharkahnd, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana. VBN, URMUL Trust, APSSS, IFHD, PSI, DSC, PPRI, YRA, SPS, Sanjeevini, Pragati Abhiyan, Sahjeevan, WASSAN
Camel milk collection in Rajasthan Initiation of camel milk collection through exploratory research and deliberations with Animal Husbandry Department, to study the potential to establish Camel milk dairy by State Cooperatives or private companies. Specific objectives include:

  • Document the economic viability of the process undertaken in Kutch, as proof of concept for use in discussions with stake-holders in Rajasthan
  • Assess the financial viability of the procurement of camel milk, based on seasonal and geographic variability in camel milk availability
  • Share the results with the state government, local dairies such as Saras or GCMMF/NDDB
  • Gauge community interest in participating in the milk procurement pilot
  • Work with all stakeholders and come up with a road-map towards the development of a pilot plan for such procurement
Barmer, Jaiselmer and Bikaner districts of Rajasthan URMUL Trust, Bikaner, Rajasthan