Mahila Kishan Shashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP)

        

Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) is a special program initiated for livelihood enhancement and vulnerability reduction launched in 2010-11. The program envisages empowering women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also create and sustain agriculture based livelihoods of rural women. The program is being implemented by NRLM in partnership with State Departments/CSOs as implementing partners (PIAs) across the country. The central to state share in funding for MKSP stands at 75:25 ratio.

Under NRLM, the core agenda of MKSP is to (i) create sustainable livelihood institutions around agriculture and allied activities (ii) create sector-specific geography-specific best package of practices and (iii) create a wide pool of community resource persons for scaling up livelihood interventions in the entire country.

The mission has narrowed down to two major themes, which are a) Sustainable Agriculture, b) Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP), to work with partners in MKSP programme

I. Sustainable Agriculture: The core focus of MKSP under agriculture sector is to promote sustainable agriculture, where the inputs are localized, risks are mitigated, productivity is enhanced, food security is ensured and hence net income of family is increased. The important objectives of MKSP-Agriculture are to:

a. Create sustainable agricultural livelihood opportunities for women in agriculture;

b. Ensure food and nutrition security at the household and the community level;

c. Improve the skills and capabilities of women in agriculture to support farm-based activities;

d. Enhance the managerial capacities of women in agriculture for better management of bio-diversity

  

II. Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP): The core focus of MKSP under NTFP sector is to enhance livelihoods of NTFP collectors by promoting the entire value chain at various levels - regeneration, collection, processing & marketing. The important objectives of MKSP-NTFP are to:

a.Ensure a better control of the institutions of the poor women NTFP collectors over the NTFP value chain.

b.Promote regeneration of NTFP species to improve the bio diversity and enhanced productivity

c.Build the capacity of the community in modern harvesting and post harvesting techniques to increase their income.

d. Promote value addition of NTFP to ensure higher returns

e. Develop market linkages for NTFP

 

PROGRESS OF THE PROGRAM IN ODISHA:

1)  MKSP (Agriculture): Under MKSP (Agriculture) proposals of seven PIAs have been sanctioned by MoRD. PIAs under MKSP (Agriculture) are SODI Consortium-Lead-Madhyam / LAVS / Harsha Trust / Madhyam Foundation / ORRISSA / MS Swaminathan Research Foundation / PRADAN. These proposals with a total project cost of Rs.38.50 crores for three years will be covering 35,450 Mahila Kisans of nine (9) districts of the states. The districts are Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Khordha and Kandhamal.

2)   MKSP (NTFP): Out of 37 project proposals received, six (6) proposals have been recommended to NMMU after a thorough desk appraisal and technical evaluation by domain experts. 4 proposals have been recommended for further field appraisal, which has been completed.

 

OBJECTIVES OF MKSP (AGRICULTURE) :

The primary objective of  MKSP Sustainable Agriculture  is to empower women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also create and sustain agriculture based livelihoods of rural women

Specific objectives of MKSP are as under:

  • To enhance the productive participation of women in agriculture;
  • To create sustainable agricultural livelihood opportunities for women in agriculture;
  • To improve the skills and capabilities of women in agriculture to support farm and non-farm-based activities;
  • To ensure food and nutrition security at the household and the community level;
  • To enable women to have better access to inputs and services of the government and other agencies;
  • To enhance the managerial capacities of women in agriculture for better management of bio-diversity;
  • To improve the capacities of women in agriculture to access the resources of other institutions and schemes within a convergence   framework.

KEY ACTIVITIES OF THE PIA’s :

Organization and Mobilization of women in agriculture into groups (SHG’s/ Federations/ Women Farmer organizations)

  • Training/Demonstration, Farmer-Scientist interactions, exposure visit etc. of women in Agriculture in order to impart them with necessary farming skills and techniques
  • Imparting Agriculture related productivity enhancement techniques
  • Imparting knowledge relating to sustainable agriculture techniques/practices
  • Ensuring food and nutritional security of the women in agriculture at household and community level
  • Improving market access and ensuring remunerative prices to women in agriculture
  • Drudgery reduction through effective use of gender friendly tools and transfer of technologies to women in agriculture
  • Awareness generation about rights and entitlements of women
  • Advocacy of planting of trees and fodder availability in order to derive maximum benefits out of the agricultural activities under the project.
 

Below is the summary details of the 7 PIAs who are working under MKSP-Agriculture in Odisha

Sl. No. Name of PIA’s Proposed Districts Total Mahila Kisans Targeted Total MKSP Project Cost (over implementation period of 3 years)
(in crores)
Central Share (in cr.) State Share
(in Crs.)
Average cost per Mahila Kisan
(in Rs.)
Average income/annum/Mahila Kisan at the end of 3 years
1 South Odisha Development Initiative) consortium
Lead PIA – Madhyam Foundation
Nawrangpur, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri 13200 18.556 13.917 (25% will be borne by Sir Dorabjee Trust) 14057 16200
2 Life Academy of Vocational Studies Koraput 3000 1.734 1.3 0.434 5780 11400
3 Harsha Trust Koraput 1750 1.289 0.9667 0.3223 7366 14700
4 MS Swaminathan Research Foundation Koraput 2500 3.134 2.35 0.784 12536 22000
5 Madhyam Foundation Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Khurda 6000 4.194 3.145 1.049 6990 12000
6 Professional Assistance for Development Action(PRADAN) Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Rayagada 6000 6.168 4.626 1.542 10280 17500
7 Organization for Rural Reconstruction & Integrated Social Service Activities (ORRISSA) Malkangiri, Kandhamal 3000 3.43 2.572 0.858 11433 15000
  Total   35450 38.505        

Website Details of PIAs under MKS- Agriculture :

1 ORRISSA   http://www.orrissa.co.in/
2 Madhyam Foundation  http://madhyamfoundation.org.in/
3 MSSRF http://www.mssrf.org/
4  PRADAN http://www.pradan.net/
5 LAVS  http://www.lavsodisha.org/
6 Harsha Trust http://harshatrust.org/
7 SODI - Consortium of NGOs. Lead is Madhyam Foundation