Asia Initiatives

Organic Kitchen Gardens - Ganjam

Asia Initiatives in partnership with VIEWS, Odisha, has established the Women’s Empowerment and Food Security through Organic Kitchen Gardens in Ganjam district. A total of 800 women farmers successfully established lush gardens that provided nutrition to their families and added income. Women in this program earn SoCCs by planting native trees in their farms, activating Village and Health Nutrition day, vaccinating their livestock and cleaning their neighborhood. They redeem the SOCCs earned for seeds, kitchen garden tools and equipment, vermi-compost bins and training. 

Health Initiative

Partner: VIEWS

Location: Odisha, India

Project Features:

  • 23 villages of Chikiti and Patrapur block of Ganjam district
  • 500 trained marginal women farmers from 23 villages were selected and trained on model kitchen garden and promoted kitchen garden in their backyard and roof top kitchen garden in 12 months
  • 500 low cost vermicompost pit were established in backyards.
  • 500 water canes were procured 
  • There are 137 Women who learned their Signatures under signature campaign.
  • 500 Members from 45 SHGs attended Monthly Meetings 8 times in a year (66%) to access financial inclusion services
  • 1000 trees planted by women SHG Members for environmental protection
  •  192 nos of village cleaning campaign organized in 23 villages to maintain clean and hygiene

Organic Kitchen Gardens - Gajapati

Asia Initiatives with support from FrauenPower, Germany and partner organization VIEWS has implemented the Women’s Empowerment and Food Security program through Organic Kitchen Gardens. The organic kitchen gardens are improving nutrition and income for women in tribal villages in the Gajapati districts of Odisha, India. In 2020, AI supported the creation of 500 kitchen gardens. Three hundred gardens were added in Gajapati district bringing the total to 800 across 23 villages. The women are also creating an agroforestry system by growing diverse crops including leafy greens, moringa, eggplant, tomatoes, gourds, okra, radish, peppers, beans, cucumber, and fruits such as papaya and banana.  Participants earn SoCCs by attending self-help group meetings, organizing village cleaning campaigns, planting trees, and getting livestock vaccinated. Participants redeem SoCCs for kitchen garden kits, gardening tools and training. In 2021, AI has been helping set up 30 seed banks, while connecting organic farmers to markets in Odisha.

Health Initiative

PartnerFrauenPower; VIEWS

Location: Odisha, India

Project Features:

  • 10 Villages in the Gajapati district 
  • 300 women farmers were included in the program
  • 300 Households supported nutritional gardens 
  • 150 compost pits created at household level
  • 10 village supported drums to create organic manures
  • 30 village cleaning campaigns conducted

This project contributes to 7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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