Supporting women cotton farmers
Farming families in south-west Odisha, India, have long been growing cotton as a means of earning income. Unfortunately, the use of unsustainable and inefficient agricultural methods mean that cotton production often comes at the expense of growing enough food to eat. For women in particular, who undertake 70% of work on the farm alongside domestic activities, physical and mental exhaustion is a daily reality.
Cotton farmer Bharati picking cotton on her farm.
Credit: Traidcraft Exchange/Roderick Stuart
Our project supplied women farmers with simple equipment to significantly lighten their workload and increase productivity. As a result of gender sensitisation training, women did not only report having more say over how their household income is spent, but also, in some cases, having the confidence to challenge men in their communities over drinking and domestic violence.
Project name: Sustainable Farms, Sustainable Futures
Where did we work? Eastern India; Kalahandi and Rayagada districts of Odisha
How long for? 3 years (April 2015 - March 2019)
Who benefited? 4,000 small, marginal and landless cotton farming families
To increase food security and reduce vulnerability of 4,000 small, marginal and landless cotton farming families
To increase women’s status through collectivisation and income-generating activities
To enable women to approach the relevant agencies to demand their rights
Who did we work with? The project was funded by Big Lottery Fund.