Organic Rice Production by SRI: Empowering women in Maharashtra

The Tejaswini Rural Women’s Empowerment Programme, implemented by the Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM), Government of Maharashtra, has empowered marginal women farmers by helping them improvise upon existing agricultural practices through organic farming and System of Rice Intensification (SRI) methods and, in turn, increasing their yield. The emphasis on the role of women in agriculture has helped in elevating their status as stakeholders in agricultural activities. SRI is a low water, labour-intensive method for organic rice production. Evidence from the six blocks in which the project is under implementation has shown that the costs of production have reduced by 30 percent, increased women’s participation in decision-making matters of the household and reinforced faith in the capacity and potential of women-related government schemes in agriculture, besides popularising crop insurance.

This case study is a part of Good Practices Resource Book 2015 and can be found on page 267.