The Ashraya Hastha Trust grant supported Vrutti to improve the wealth and resilience of 10,000 smallholder farmers in Karnataka. The farming community in India largely consists of smallholder farmers, who are affected by unpredictable income, increasing debts and getting a very low proportion of consumer price. This ultimately leads them to sell farm lands and migrate for alternate livelihoods as farming becomes unviable.
The grant supported programme has interventions at the farmer, community and ecosystem levels to address these challenges.
- Farmer level – farm advisory, demand aggregation, financial inclusion and services, and sustainable farming practices
- Community level – training and mentoring of farmer producer organisations, and establishing enterprises at various levels
- System level – identification and engagement of different stakeholders for support