Submitted on Fri, January 11, 2013
Rural Innovation and Farming
Ashoka’s Rural Innovation and Farming (RIF) program in India is focused on increasing incomes of small-holder farmers. Small farmers, who constitute the majority of farmers in India, struggle to earn sufficient incomes because of a variety of reasons -- lack of knowledge, skills, functional infrastructure, effective market mechanisms, industry support structures as well as regulation. Our goal is to create a more dynamic, equitable and sustainable agricultural value chain which meets the economic needs of farmers as well as societal and ecological objectives.
Ashoka is bringing together social entrepreneurs who are working with farmers to a common platform for collective action and knowledge sharing. Our current focus areas include social enterprises in the agriculture sector, initiatives related to the role of women in agriculture as well as the intersection of nutrition and agriculture. More information on this topic can be found here: http://nutrientsforall.org.