Bihar is essentially an agrarian society with more than 80% of the population directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture and animal husbandry which constitutes the main economic activity. Landlessness is high among marginalized communities. There is a large scale out-migration of workers to other prosperous states while people in the region are in search of employment and better wages.
From 2018 to 2021, PHIA Foundation did a project in partnership with Samagra Shikshan Evam Vikas Sansthan, network partner based in West Champaran district, Bihar.
The project intended to enhance skills, income and well-being of Dalit communities through improved vegetable cultivation practices and establishing a sustainable model of vegetable value chain in 6 villages of Nautan and Lauria blocks of West Champaran district.
Enhancing skills, income and well-being of Dalit communities through improved vegetable cultivation practices and establishing a sustainable model of vegetable platforms promoted by 200 Dalit families (including 70 Women headed families) in 6 villages of Nautan and Lauria blocks of West Champaran district in Bihar.
- To support socio-economic empowerment of Dalit communities through sustainable livelihood opportunities leading to financially secure and productive lives free from discrimination
- Build capacity and skills among the community members to manage producer’s collectives/federations.
268 Dalit and Musahar farmers being in 14 farmers interest groups (FIGs) are sustaining their efforts for their economic resilience through vegetable cultivation.
200 farmers were able to sell their vegetables worth Rs. 14,97,676/- .
1 Producer Group in Sota Musahari Tola has been established with 29 shareholders.
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