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While 60% of India's population is directly dependent on agriculture, its contribution to the country's GDP is only 20%, indicating overdependence, unemployment and underemployment in the sector. With more than half the country's populations' direct dependence on this sector, the Swades Foundation believes that only with development in Agriculture and related livelihoods, will India see holistic development.


The Swades Foundation targets an annual family income of Rs. 2 lacs per household through agriculture and livelihood programmes.
Through agriculture and dairy we plan to uplift and enrich the lives of 160,000 farmers and target an annual income of Rs.1 lacs per household.


The essence of empowerment is a fulfilling livelihood enabling each individual to care for him/herself and family.


Empowered farmer clubs linked to government schemes, banks & markets and access to best practices, including community farming and collective buying and selling. We will empower 1,60,000 farmers through multiple new technologies and processes.


Innovative farming techniques:

• We have motivated 4000 farmers to grow a second crop and have targeted to motivate 50,000 farmers in total, in the next 3 years

• We have built 5,000 demo farms for SRI Rice, we plan to scale up to a total of 60,000 farms in the next 3 years

• We have created over 300 demo farms for drip irrigation, we plan to create a total of 3,000 farms in the next 3 years

Horticulture: Grafting and plantation of mango, cashew and other trees to yield high value produce. Our goal is to plant a total of 1 million trees.

• We plan to graft a total of 200,000 trees of which we have already grafted 46,000 trees

• We plan to distribute to 800,000 new plants, of which we already distributed 120,000 new plants for horticulture

Cattle Induction: Promoting rearing and breeding of high yield cows and buffaloes

• We have inducted 200 cattle, we will scale up to 10,000 cattle in next 3 years

Exposure Trips & Training: Through agriculture extension activities like training on various crops, farming-related subjects and exposure to various innovative wealth creating technologies and practices

• We have conducted exposure trips, visits and/or organized trainings for 10,000 farmers, we plan to train 1,00,000 farmers in total in the next 3 years