MKSP Brochure

The M S Swaminathan Research Foundation is a Not to Profit Trust (NGO), established in 1988. MSSRF is carrying out research and development in six major thematic areas such as Coastal Systems Research, Biotechnology, Biodiversity, Eco-technology, Food Security, and Information Technology. MSSRF with its current 350 scientific and technical personnel is working in seven States of India, namely, Maharashtra, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry.

The Mission of M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation is to link science and sustainable rural development. Since its inception, the Foundation focuses on harnessing science and technology options for rural development through a pro-poor, pro-women, pro-nature and pro-livelihood approach to technology development and dissemination.

Nurturing Women Based Groups – Role of MSSRF

Over the last 20 years, MSSRF has consciously made its science and technology based interventions focusing on rural women, and providing them with necessary support for effectively managing their natural resource base, enhancing their livelihoods through skill and capacity enhancement, access to knowledge and information and opportunities for market linkages for the primary produces and value added products. By adding value to their time and labour,MSSRF tries to bring down the number of work hours in a day in rural women’s lives and add economic value to each hour of work.

Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) is an initiative launched by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in the year 2007, under the Food Security Programme Area for empowering women farmers in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.

Description of Proposed Project


To empower women farmers in two districts of Vidarbha through an autonomous federation in each of the two districts, which will function independently to serve the needs of its members, enable them to enjoy their entitlements and get the benefit of all the schemes for improved farm and non-farm livelihoods and the well-being of farm families.


  • To enhance capacity building with respect to organisational management of women farmers.
  • To enhance the skills and capabilities of women farmers in sustainable agricultural practices.
  • To facilitate women in agriculture to take informed farm decisions/quality inputs.
  • To enhance household food and nutrition security of women farmers.
  • Facilitating better access to government schemes with respect to agriculture, food, nutrition and health.

Sub Activities

Approaches for Capacity Building:

  • Awareness creation
  • Skill Training
  • Demonstration
  • Exposure visits
  • Facilitation for adoption

Under Institution Building:

  • Strengthening existing groups
  • Formation of new groups
  • Taking steps to federate the existing groups
  • Imparting administrative and accounting skills to group members
  • Training on norms and conditions of running and managing grass root institutions
  • Training on Interface (skills & quality to engage with local governance and role of local governance) to group members
  • Awareness on Panchayat Raj
  • Providing space for inter-group linkages – Mahila Melawa

Under Sustainable Agriculture:

Major components of Sustainable Agricultural Practices promoted among women farmers under MKSP:

  • Soil and water conservation
  • Seed management
  • Integrated nutrient management
  • Integrated pest management

Under Household Food Security:

  • Promotion of kitchen gardens
  • Promotion of locally suitable food grain crops like jowar
  • Promotion of fruit bearing trees wherever feasible
  • Promotion of safe cooking appliances
  • Facilitating access to Health Insurance Schemes
  • Organising health camps –through PHC
  • Facilitation to access schemes/entitlements related to food security

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