Small and marginal farmers constitute 86.21% of farm households in India. Despite producing about 80% of the country’s food, these farmers are continually plagued by high production costs, low yields, unpredictable rainfall, lack of quality farm inputs and inefficient supply chain leading to the vicious cycle of debt trap. These difficulties are compounded for indigenous farmers in India’s central tribal belt constituting 73% of the country’s tribal population. The ‘Lakhpati Kisan’ initiative, spearheaded by women is a five-year program that aims to confront these challenges and ensure tribal households are irreversibly brought out of poverty by earning a steady annual income of $1450– a three-fourfold increase from their current income. The program espouses a multi-pronged approach layering various livelihood activities like market-linked agriculture, floriculture, livestock, Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP), etc. Moreover, to optimize the efficacy of the program, 70% of the households are assured with irrigation throughout the year.
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