An Association of Voluntary Agencies Engaged in Rural Development in the state of Maharashtra.
Action for Agricultural Renewal in Maharashtra (AFARM) is an association of Non government organizations (NGOs) working in the field of Agriculture & Rural Development in the Maharashtra State. AFARM was born out of an acute need for a Apex Institution to co-ordinate efforts of NGOs & Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in their tasks of providing water and agricultural extension services to rural population in drought affected Maharashtra.
It is one of the first organizations to operate as an association of NGOs, in the country. Presently 69 are the General body members (NGOs) whereas the Associate members (NGOs) are 125. The substantial numbers of AFARM member organizations are actively engaged in the field of Community based Watershed Development & Management, Agriculture Development, Irrigation Development & Management, Organic Agriculture, SHGs & Women Empowerment, Micro-Finance & Rural Entrepreneurship development & Livilihood Promotion of small & marginal farmers.
AFARM in collaboration with other organization or on its own efforts implemented the program and provided its experts services, which have resulted in long-term impact in Water & Agriculture Sector. The work of AFARM has resulted in evolving solutions, which have stood the test of time. It is one of the leading organizations in appropriate technology development, ground water management, water and soil testing, watershed development models, environment control through natural regeneration, capacity building of NGOs & CBOs & Networking between development agencies including government agencies. AFARM's Natural Resources Development activities are recognized as authentic, scientific and pragmatic. AFARM enjoys a leadership position in this repest. AFARM is one of the few NGOs in the Country to provide its services to NGOs & CBOs in such a comprehensive manner.
It has been providing support for various activities and programs for agricultural renewal in Maharashtra. Training and capacity building for the stakeholders remained as all time thrust area of AFARMs services. AFARM has contributed to the development & implementation of various participatory NRM projects supported by State & Central Govt as well as external agencies like World Bank, DFID, KFW, GTZ, UNICEF etc in Maharashtra.
AFARMs Institutional Knowledge, Statewide Network, Linkages & Collaborations with Govt. departments and available Training Infrastructure are the major contributory strengths.
AFARMs Thrust Areas are Networking, Natural Resource Maagement, Human Resource Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Studies and Research, Publications.
AFARM has beenfelicitated by Government of India for Good Practices in RuralDevelopment in National Workshop & Exhibition on GoodPractices organised by Ministry of Rural Development, GoI, on23-24th September 2015 at Bhopal, so as to bring best of grass rootinitiatives to the mainstream debate & provide a platform fortheir practitioners to interact & share their learnings withAdarsh Grams to be identified by Hon. Members of Parliaments.
Last Year Achievement
Outreach of Livelihoods Enhancement Interventions‚Äì20517 Households
No of Water conservation structure constructed ‚Äì 110
Area covered under In-situ soil conservation works -2191 Ha
No. of person days of Wage Employment Generated ‚Äì 60,450
Number of Producers trained on sustainable agriculture ‚Äì 30,667
Increment in Area under Protective irrigation ‚Äì 998 Ha
Govt. Funds leveraged by capacitated CBOs for livelihoods enhancement : 388 Lakh
Amount of community contribution mobilised for livelihoods interventions : 54.62 lakh
Training and capacity Building
No ofstakeholders trained & capacitated: 36,656
No ofpeople‚Äôs organizationscapacitated& nurtured : 3209
Facilitated the process of Organisational Development of small NGOS ‚Äì 17
Built a cadre of Krushidoots for promotion of Organic/ LEISA farming ‚Äì 79
Networking and Advocacy
No of Institutional members : 88
No of Associate Organizations : 293
No of Project Partner Organizations : 70
No of members of Statelevel alliance of CSOsfor advocating issues of rainfed farming ‚Äì 88
No of Integrated Watershed Management project covered under MELD ‚Äì 132
No of Research and Documentation Assignmentscompleted ‚Äì17