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Ending poverty: Learning from good practices of small and marginal farmers

Eve Crowley, 2013, The Food and Agriculture Organization, E-ISBN 978-92-5-107986-7 (PDF)

Since 2009, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Self- Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India have been collaborating in an interactive and mutual learning process: the Exposure and Dialogue Programme (EDP). The EDP methodology, conceptualized and designed by the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and Dr Karl Osner in 1991, represents a novel attempt to bridge the gap between the macro level policy-makers and micro level “beneficiaries” of development programmes through a direct and shared living experience of poverty, exclusion and marginalization. Since its establishment, the EDP methodology has been used extensively by various organizations such as the World Bank, the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Cornell University and the Grameen Bank.

This publication is intended for FAO and SEWA staff and other development practitioners. It has three objectives. First, it shares and records a small subset of experiences gained and good practices identified by participants, and summarizes some of the lessons learned. Second, it aims to serve as a reference for other organizations who may wish to embark on a similar collaboration. Third, drawing on a few of the personal and technical documents prepared by FAO participants following the four EDPs, this publication documents some of the practices, mechanisms, and models that make SEWA an exemplary organization in addressing grassroots issues using a needs-based, capacity-development approach.

Growth and poverty reduction: the role of agriculture

A DFID policy paper, December 2005

Agriculture is a key part of DFID’s efforts to reduce global poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.1 It extends into many other areas of development policy and complements our work on issues such as fisheries, forestry, food security, social protection, governance and trade.2 Building on our understanding of livelihoods (DFID, 2002), this paper shows why we believe agriculture should be placed at the heart of efforts to reduce poverty.3 It proposes principles and priorities to guide our work, and to help decision-makers to weigh up the potential growth and poverty impact of agriculture compared with other competing demands on resources.

Women Transforming Indian Agriculture: A collection of case studies from Indira Kranthi Patham of Andhra Pradesh and Kudumbashree Mission of Kerala

Landesa, December 2013, New Delhi

Ever since the self-help group (SHG) mechanism became established as one replicable pathway of the women’s social and economic empowerment in India, several state and non-state programmes based on women’s self-help group mechanism have been and continue to be implemented with significant successes. Kudumbashree (KDS) programme of Kerala and Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP) programme of Andhra Pradesh are the two best known programmes. These two programmes have been able to mobilize very large numbers of rural women into multi-tiered collectives that have provided the backbone for implementing several thematic initiatives spanning from agricultural development, micro enterprise, product marketing, health & education, gender equality, and others.

This document captures several good practices from these two state initiatives in the domain of women in agriculture. The purpose of this document is three fold: a) To learn from the good practices of women in agriculture from KDS and IKP, b) To disseminate the practices and learning to a wider audience and, in particular, to the implementers of similar projects of women in agriculture, and c) To identify the issues that need to be weaved into such good practices to make them even more effective and relevant to rural women and their lives.