We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.
We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.
We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.
We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.
Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.
Accion Fraterna is training 3,000 master farmers in Anantapuramu district of AP in natural farming, demonstrates drought mitigation strategies in three agro-climatic clusters and builds self-reliant farmers' institutions.
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture is building up a cadre of 5,000 master farmers in natural farming, develop standards for farmer certification and create innovation hubs of best farming practices. The aim is also to improve market access and prices for farmer institutions--across Kadapa, Anantapuramu and Vizianagaram districts of AP.
Jattu Trust is to set up a cadre of 3,500 master farmers in AP’s Vizianagaram district and develop strong farmer’s institutions to facilitate sustainable livelihoods. There also will be campaigns and communication material on natural farming.
Kovel Foundation is to train 6,800 master farmers, integrate natural farming with tribal livelihoods, engage tribals specialising in forest produce and build farmers’ institutions for marketing. The plan is also to develop business plans that support market linkages. Across 5 districts of Andra Pradesh - Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, East Godavari, West Godavari, Kurnool.
RySS boosts income and yields of 500,000 farm households across AP by cutting risks and cultivation costs through climate-resilient zero budget natural farming (CRZBNF). Farmers to turn into community resource persons, actively take up marketing, water and infrastructure management. A Technical Support Unit will be embedded within RySS to extend CRZBNF within and outside the state.
WASSAN will help small and marginal farmers across Andhra Pradesh adapt to climate variability through the adoption of integrated farming systems to bolster the practice of climate resilient zero budget natural farming (CRZBNF). It will leverage resources from and mainstream integrated farming systems within government departmental programmes.