Year 2021-22 will be remembered for certain new initiatives like the implementation of new Projects BPKP(focusig on traditional and organic Farming), SPPIF(Special Programme for the Promotion of Integrated Farming), CDP-MLIP ( Crop Diversification) all supported by the Government of Odisha, Department of Agriculture and Farmer’s Empowerment. Agragamee also took up collaboration with HDFC-HRDP CSR Funding to develop certain villages. A significant step towards climate change mitigation was taken up in collaboration with IKI (International Climate Initiative, a part of the German Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection) to promote Climate Smart Agriculture among the tribal farmers who are most vulnerable to the impact of Climate. As Agragamee has assisted nearly 30,000 organic farmers, it has become imperative to promote Farmers Producers Organisations( FPOs) for better production, processing and marketing of Organic Products. Many more things are also there
As continuation of certain ongoing programmes, Agragamee has focused on further consolidation of Millet Based activities and development of Ecovillages. This has been at many levels by a) Demonstration of the Best Practices, b) Tangible Outcome, c) Community Mobilisation and Participation, d) GO-NGO Convergence.
In the Tribal Context, Jackfruit has been part of Food and Nutrition Securities as well as Income Securities. Hence, it is vital that there is more plantation of jackfruit, processing and marketing Jackfruit as high-value products. Agragamee has taken the leadership to campaign for a Jackfruit Mission and formed a Pan India Advocacy Group.
Last but not the least, Agragamee has expanded its Education Programme by increasing the capacity of Mukta Gyan Kutir as well as expanding the Learning Centres (LCs). This has been deeply appreciated by the community during the time of Covid-19 Pandemic. Agragamee’s teaching model along with its teacher training model has been able to build capacities and confidence in tribal youth, enabling them to teach with much success in most challenging circumstances like multi-lingual, multi-grade and crowded classrooms, and motivate reluctant drop outs to take up their studies again. Our Edu-leaders who are running these LCs are the future of Socio-economic transformation of tribal villages. Despite financial crisis, we have continued our Educational Efforts and shall continue as long as there is a demand from the community.
Agragamee has faced many challenges during the year 2021-22 but we have faced them with courage and convictions. This is because the members of our Governing Body, Our Donors, Our Staff Members and numerous well-wishers have extended all possible support. I am grateful to them.