Building Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation
SSP is a global and national leader in building resilience of women and communities in the face of disasters and sudden climate crises. SSP has partnered with Groots International (Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood), the Huairou Commission, the United Nations Development Program to create pioneering interventions and develop community trainers. As founding member of the National Alliance on Disaster Risk Reduction, a network of 170 NGOs, SSP established a Community Resilience Fund (CRF) that addresses the growing gap between local initiatives and those at national and global levels. Lessons from the CRF experience are part of the national level advocacy with state and national programs through India’s National Disaster Management Authority and through local governments. SSP’s approach and partnerships ensure that grassroots women’s priorities are brought to the national disaster-reduction agenda.
Developing agriculture and food security
SSP began its agriculture initiative in early 2008-09, in four districts in Maharashtra and spread this approach to 3 states. SSP works with around 3,000 women farmers and over 1500 male farmers in the crisis ridden districts of Vidarbha.
In the light of the threat from climate change, vegetable production can be a resilient solution due to short crop cycles, crop rotation and seasonality. Women’s informal efforts to scale up vegetable production will be amplified by using their knowledge of nutrition, food and seed processing.
SSP works on a scaled up strategy in the agriculture sector. SSP’s women and agriculture initiative seeks to organize women farmers so they gain exposure and knowledge on farming techniques and are recognized by families and institutions as farmers and experts. At the center of SSP’s strategy is to empower women to view themselves as farmers and innovators.
The initiative provides for sustainable livelihoods and incomes and ensures food security.
- Access to over 1000 ++ acres of land for experimentation by women.
- Reduction in vulnerabilities through diversification of livelihoods,
- Increase in technical knowledge around agriculture & skills.
- Ability to conduct business in local markets.
- Learning Network of leaders with vital expertise on innovations in farming & scaling up.
- The plans are to scale-up to launch 6000 women as farmers groups by 2015.