Agriculture Assessment

Conducting an agriculture assessment in order to develop an understanding of the state of agriculture in Odisha, with the intent to adapt FarmEd, where appropriate. This will see urban-rural and rural farmers have access to better agricultural advice and resources.

Vision

Food security for the 475 million smallholder farmers around the world.

THe Problem

Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40% of today’s global population. There are about 475 million farms less than 2ha in size. These smallholder farms operate on 12% of the world’s agricultural land and produce 80% of the food that is consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, parts of the world where food security and stable income are still inadequate (Bayer, 2018).

In addition to unpredictable weather conditions that greatly affect crop quality and often wipe out entire fields, farmers rely on traditional farming practices which although effective, are often not the most efficient. They have limited resources to ensure soil health (such as pH), which if managed properly, can have a drastic impact on the produce quality. Finally, farmers suffer from a lack of available and easy to interpret information about pest and disease management for their crops. Several farmers have informed PEV throughout the interview process that historically they have used Mortein as a pest management technique which has great implications for the health of their families and other potential consumers of the produce.

Food Security

Lack of market coordination and limited agricultural knowledge can result in an oversupply of certain crops in a developing country which increases vulnerability to disease, loss and environmental disaster.

Land Misuse

Significant loss of crops and incorrect use of pesticides have downstream effects on not only the immediate economy but the state of life on land and life in the sea. Soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and chemical outflow into the sea can be linked to poor agricultural practices.

Economic Empowerment

Agriculture as an industry employs 40% of the global population. Most of them are subsistence farmers earning less than USD$5 per day. Enabling productivity gains has a direct impact on their income.

KEY PARTNERS

Niyatee Foundation – Our values and objectives are strongly aligned to this foundation and the two co-founders are actively engaged in its endeavours. The Niyatee Foundation has worked with thousands of households across the state of Odisha and works regularly with the government sector to achieve its objectives. An example of their work is the 200,000 women they have engaged with for economic empowerment projects, an indicator of their involvement and resources in this space.

Action Aid – we are working with Action Aid through their community engagement officers to appropriately access slums and villages to better understand how we can improve their lives through inherently beneficial products and services. Action Aid’s focus is predominantly on farmers, nutrition and economic empowerment of women.

The business model

A proposed business model and how it works has not yet been identified at this point in time. Should it deem feasible, the intent is to tailor the FarmEd model to suit the farmers in Odisha, however, the initial data collected will influence the direction we go in.

KEy Value Proposition

This is to be determined through our assessment process. The inherent value of our assessment process is that we are not going into India with a confirmed solution and strategy in mind, however, we do have the existing infrastructure for some potential solutions that could deem viable in this space. We will assess what is best suited to the context and to ensure that the most effect strategy is implemented, whether this is a novel idea or a customised solution. That said, we assess that the value to be gained from our intended beneficiaries includes:
Improve food security for communities ensuring they have access to a range of food throughout the year to feed their families.
Stable income that can cover periods of the year where crops are destroyed due to flooding and ensure farmers can provide for their families and send their children to school.
Diversify crop production and improve crop quality which will allow farmers to have greater opportunities to sell more at the markets

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