It is a fact that unless an intervention is institutionalized, it cannot lead to a permanent positive change. It is also a fact that if the same strategy is adopted, one can expect almost the same output. Agriculture growth has been stagnating for some time and unless a new and innovative approach is adopted, there is little hope for growth.
Thus, Clover has been building Institutional solutions based on four key parameters:
- It should be self-sustainable both financially and ecologically.
- It should be possible to scale it up to any level.
- It should be innovative and not just the same wine in a new bottle!
- It should be led and owned by the Community from the start so that they take up ownership for change to take place.
After carrying out a brief survey, we provide the blue print for these solutions to be implemented, albeit with a few changes to suit the cultural and social needs of the Community. Some of these solutions are highlighted briefly below. Details can be provided on request. Kindly view our leaflet on Institutional Solutions as well.
- Farmer Driven Markets: Creating large markets within Mountain States for farmer’s produce through ‘import substitution’ for catering to the local demand. On a pessimistic scale, depending on the population, buying habits, cultural practices, tourism etc., stable market worth Rs 300 to 900 Crores can be created in each Mountain State!
- Farmer Driven Extension: Based on an existing legacy, where farmers go to progressive farmers for advice. The model works on choosing these progressive farmers against pre-set criterion, carry out capacity building with them and then induct them into the project on a financially sustainable way. This model provides effective agricultural extension at negligible cost to the State Government.
- Organic Board: In the Mountain States as there is a clear evidence of interdependence on natural resources, a compartmentalized approach always carries the risk of not being successful. Thus creation of an Organic Board or an entity is a must for consolidating inter-departmental synergies to bring in sustainable agriculture within a State under one roof. Forest, Animal husbandry, Tourism etc. all have a direct or an indirect impact on agriculture. An integrated approach can lead to multiple benefits.
- Implementing Organic Farming as a Service Provider (SP): Clover would be happy to either directly work as a SP for implementing organic projects in a State or an area or better still work with a local SP and carry out capacity building to ensure a ‘Farm to Fork’ model is implemented.