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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.

OUR GOAL

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.

WE BELIEVE

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

WE CREATE

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.

WE EXECUTE

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



A critical element in India’s 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) is the generation of productive employment on an adequate scale.

With a focus on large scale creation of sustainable livelihoods, Swades Foundation is using various skilling and training programmes to convert rural population into able entrepreneurs and skilled employees.

OUR GOAL

The Swades Foundation targets an annual family income of Rs. 2 lakhs per household through agriculture and livelihood programmes. To achieve this, our livelihood programme focuses on multiple platforms ranging from skilling, employability training & job placement to establishing small business enterprises.

WE BELIEVE

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

WE CREATE

Create an ecosystem for rural economic development by reaching out to every economically-challenged household in our target geography and enabling them to become ‘economically stable’.

WE EXECUTE

Rural enterprises to generate local employment:

• We have established one Rural BPO employing 200 youth and will establish at least 4 BPOs employing 1000 youth / families in total in the next 3 years

• We have setup 1000+ backyard poultry units and aim to setup 15,000 units in total in the next 3 years

• We also plan to setup 5000 goatry units in total in the next 3 years

Cashew Enterprise Development Program

• We are supporting 20 cashew processing units with backward and forward linkages, we will support at least a total of 100 units in total in the next 3 years

Employment-oriented skill development program for youth

• We have provided employability skill development training to 2,800 youths and aim to provide this to 15,000 youths in total in the next 3 years

• We along with IL&FS have established employment linked vocational training centres aiming to train and employ a total of 10,000 youths in the next 3 years

Providing Employment Opportunities

• We have conducted several job fairs leading to employment of more than 100 youths in companies from the organised sector

Community-based enterprises

• We have already registered two community-based enterprises, one for our farmers and the other for our community health volunteers, we plan to establish a total of 6 such enterprises in the next 3 years