Farmers Organizations and Capacity Building
The project promotes a range of community/farmer based organizations at the cluster level. These organizations will play a critical role not only in managing and maintaining the different project interventions, but will also be made economically and institutionally self sustainable over the project period to carry on the project activities after the project period. The community based organizations (CBO) proposed will be organized around the three themes of the RACP- water resource management, agriculture, and value chain development. A specific household/farmer can be a member of each of these thematic CBOs organized around common interest groups, depending on their participation in different activities. Since the community mobilization and collective organization process is inherently slow, as it requires wide participating and institutional norm setting, the formation of CBOs will be a continuous process within the clusters throughout the project period and parallel to all other interventions. Further such community mobilization requires special methodology and skill sets often not residing in mainstream government systems. Therefore the project envisages that this function will be carried out by specialized service providers such as an NGO at the cluster level and will also supported from a designated technical assistance organization at the state level that will provide training and capacity building support at the cluster level.
Farmers Organizations and Capacity Building is being supporti (a) mobilization and establishment of farmer groups and organizations, (b) capacity building for participatory planning and plan implementation of collective actions; and (c) strengthening of institutions and human resources associated with the project implementation (i.e. participating line department and other relevant agencies). Community based organizations (CBO) will be organized around the three themes of the RACP - water resource management, agriculture practices, and value chain development.