Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP)

“Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana” (MKSP), as a sub component of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), Govt. of India was launched in 2010-11 to empower the women farmers through addressing their specific needs.

The primary objective of the MKSP is to empower women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also create and sustain agriculture based livelihoods of rural women.


Project: " Empowering Women Farmers in Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Khurda Districts of Odisha" 

About The Project:

Madhyam Foundation, Odisha set up during 2004, is a state level NGO, exclusively focused on promotion of livelihoods among members of women self help groups and Producers Cooperatives. One of its key modes of engagement has been to work with small and medium level NGOs in backward pockets of the state. Madhyam has a successful track record of promoting SHGs and co-operatives and diversifying their livelihood options in sub sectors such as vegetable cultivation, SRI, dairy and poultry. Since last 4 years, Madhyam has been implementing a project with 10 NGO partners in three districts of Odisha to promote vegetable cultivation among women farmers and collectivize them into Producer co-operatives. Madhyam Foundation, through this project, aims to upscale vegetable cultivation by women farmers in new, adjoining areas of these three districts (Kalahandi, Malkangiri and Khurda) in collaboration with the existing 10 NGO partners for improving their livelihoods security.

Similarly, the project also aims to promote SRI, which has proved to be beneficial for small marginal farmers households. As NRLM provides up to 75% of the project cost, Odisha Livelihood Mission sanctioned the balance 25% of the project cost.



Project: " Promoting Livelihood Security among Women Farmers in South Odisha"

About The Project:

South Odisha Development Initiative( SODI) is an informal network of 6 NGOs ( Madhyam Foundation, RCDC, Harsha Trust, OPDSC, Pragati and Chetna Organic Farmers Association) having track record of successful interventions in South Odisha. Madhyam Foundation, being the Convener of SODI, approached NRLM (MKSP) for support to jointly work together in improving the livelihood security of 13,200 women farmers (including 1200 landless farmers) of Koraput, Rayagada, Nawarangpur and Malkangiri districts. This region, dominated by tribal population and located adjacent to each other, is one of the most backward pockets of the country. As NRLM provides up to 75% of the project cost, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) of Mumbai sanctioned the balance 25% of the project cost.

The main focus of the project is to ensure food security of the target group, enhance household level income and  promote strong, vibrant community based institutions of the women farmers for improving their collective bargaining power vis-à-vis the government and the market forces.