Science-led consortium approach for inclusive market-oriented development through Suvarna Bhoomi Yojane in Karnataka
Duration: 01/May/2011 - 24/Jul/2012
Locations: India / Asia
Project contact: Wani, Suhas
Donor: Government of Karnataka-India
The overall goal of this initiative is to improve the livelihoods of small and marginal farm households by enabling farmers to shift from low-value subsistence crops to high-value fruit and vegetable crops. A secondary objective is to achieve this using sustainable management practices. The specific objectives are as follows: to form a multi-institution consortium comprising ICRISAT, AVDRC, NGOs, private sector industries, University of Horticultural Sciences, SAUs, and Department of Horticulture to implement the Suvarna Bhoomi Yojane (SBY)in 25 selected districts of Karnataka; understand input and output market value chains and identify market linkages for high-volume fruits and vegetable crops for farmers under SBY; implement a science-based strategy for sustainable production of high-value crops; build capacity of the consortium partners to manage the SBY project and undertake capacity building of stakeholders in the value chain, especially farmers.