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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 Ecology Centre, Anantapuramu

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.

ACWADAM (Advanced Centre for Water Resources Development and Management), Pune

ACWADAM is active across India piloting projects in aquifer-based groundwater management, documenting and sharing knowledge, in order to inform policy as well as bring about greater participation from the community stakeholders.

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), Ahmedabad

AKRSP is shoring up the economic independence of 15,000 Adivasi farmer households in five districts of Madhya Pradesh, setting up women’s self-help groups, boosting community-based institutions, and promoting sustainable agriculture through water and land resource development.

Centre for Collective Development (CCD), Bengaluru

CCD is scaling up the work with 60 cooperatives covering 3,222 farmers in Anantapur district, AP, giving them management and technical training, supply inputs, exploring new markets, crop assessment surveys, providing storage facilities for “pool and sell”, and enhancing their savings and working capital.  

Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderabad

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.

Cohesion and Working Group for Women and Land Ownership (WGWLO), Ahmedabad

WGWLO is helping 5,000 women farmers in 12 districts of Gujarat to generate more income, become aware of land rights, training them as leaders to service Land Legal Literacy Centres, linking their organisations to Government structures for land ownership and promoting digital literacy so that they take up sustainable agriculture.

Development Support Centre (DSC), Ahmedabad

DSC is enhancing the livelihoods and incomes of 4,500 Adivasi farm households in Gujarat’s Aravalli district. There will be cropping practices for better soil health, improved agricultural productivity, enterprise development and strengthening of farmer producer organisations.  

Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS), Jaisalmer and Barmer District Rajasthan

Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS) was founded in 1983 to improve agriculture and animal husbandry, water security, education and health among small and marginal farmer communities in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Bundelkhand regions. Through the Philanthropy grant, they will promote rain-fed and drought-resistant farming by working with 1,000 small and marginal farmer households across 40 villages.

Jattu Trust, Vizianagaram

Jattu Trust is building-up a cadre of 3,500 master farmers in AP’s Vizianagaram district and develops strong farmer’s institutions to facilitate sustainable livelihoods. The programme is backed up by the campaigns and communication material on natural farming.

Kovel Foundation, Visakhapatnam

Kovel Foundation is training 6,800 master farmers, integrating natural farming with tribal livelihoods, engaging tribals specialising in forest produce and building farmers’ institutions for marketing. The programme is also developing business plans that support market linkages. Across 5 districts of Andra Pradesh - Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, East Godavari, West Godavari and Kurnool.

Madhyam Foundation,

The Madhyam Foundation was started in 2004 by Mr. Subrat Singhdeo as a development support organisation that worked towards stepping up the capacity of smaller NGOs and microfinance institutions. Madhyam’s vision is “an Odisha where every low-income family's livelihood is secure and lives a dignified life.” Currently the Foundation works on:a) Promoting a rice intensification system, vegetable cultivation, pulses and millet cultivation, and tuber crop and turmeric cultivation among small and marginal householdsb) Encouraging goat rearing and poultry farming among landless farmers c) Promoting vegetable growers co-operativesd) Advocating simple cost-effective, gravity-fed irrigation methods   Our support will enable them to accomplish these objectives in Khandamal district with 4,000 small marginal farmers. 

Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM), Odisha

Odisha Livelihood Mission is improving the nutritional status of women and children across Odisha through mainstreaming dietary diversity interventions by building capacity and establishing a nutrition vertical within Odisha Livelihood Mission.

Parivarttan, Malkangiri

Parivarttan is bettering the lives of 5,000 Adivasi women and men farmers in the rainfed Malkangiri district of Odisha, by promoting community seed banks, community management of resources, and collaborating with community institutions and the Government to train Adivasis as entrepreneurs in fish rearing and millet processing.  

People’s Science Institute,

The People's Science Institute was established in 1988 to work with small and marginal farmers in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Bundelkhand regions, and educating them about natural resource management, watershed development, farm and off-farm livelihood opportunities, and ground water management. The Philanthropy grant will allow them to demonstrate agricultural and irrigation practices, strengthen livestock management practices, and create Village Level Institutions in small and marginal farmer communities across 40 villages.


PRADAN is increasing the incomes of 33,000 women farmers by 60% in three years through farm and non-farm livelihoods. The programme involves the development of women’s Self Help Groups, better participation in Gram Sabha meetings and Village Development, and linkages to banks and the Employment Guarantee Schemes.

Preservation and Proliferation of Rural Resource and Nature (PRAN), Gaya

PRAN is enhancing the food security of 2,500 small and marginal women farmers of Nawada district, Bihar by promoting crop diversity through System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method, organising women farmers’ groups to adopt and share this, encouraging sharecropping, kitchen gardening and, making it viable for the landless to rear small ruminants.

Rongmei Naga Baptist Association (RNBA), Imphal

RNBA is boosting the incomes and well-being of 2,300 small tribal farmers in Manipur (hill districts of Chandel and Tamenglong), a valley district of East Imphal – 15 tribal villages and five Meitei villages), through market linkages, ensuring land rights, crop diversity and integrated farming systems--System Rice Intensification (SRI) method and Khaichum traditional fish rearing in paddy fields, so as to boost yields as well.

Rongmein Baptist Association Nagaland, Nagaland

Rongmein Baptist Association Nagaland was founded in 1988. The People’s Integrated Development Services is the development wing of the organisation and works in 54 villages towards promoting safe, sustainable, and environment-friendly development activities for the upliftment of the marginalised rural poor. The grant will support their work with 250 small and marginal farmers in 8 villages by building more self-help groups, and strengthening integrated organic farming and livestock rearing practices. 

Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS), Gunturu

RySS is boosting the 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 the Community Resource Persons, actively take up marketing, water and infrastructure management. A Technical Support Unit has also been embedded within RySS to extend CRZBNF within and outside the state.  

Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS), Dewas

SPS is helping 10,000 small and marginal Adivasi farmers in Dewas and Khargone districts of Madhya Pradesh by aiding them in watershed treatment, livestock management, sustainable agriculture and, by promoting farmer producer organisations for market linkages as also women’s self-help groups for financial inclusion.  

Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA), Bongagigaon

SeSTA is empowering women and small farmers to increase the household income, improve food security, and strengthen farmer collectives. They are aiming to increase their reach to 17 districts in Assam, Tripura, and Meghalaya and to 1.13 lakh households by engaging with state governments, village organisations, and farmer producer organisations, which can benefit individual families by strengthening communities.

Sir Syed Trust,

Sir Syed Trust was established in 2008 in Alwar and has been working on promoting farm-based livelihoods and natural resource management, primarily in the rural areas of Rajasthan. They channel women into self-help groups that are federated at cluster and block levels, and provide training sessions on sustainable agricultural practices that increase productivity and income.  The Philanthropy's grant will enable Sir Syed Trust to replicate their work with 3,000 households, in 70 villages of Rudauli block, Ayodhya District, Uttar Pradesh, increasing household income to the equivalent of 120 days worth of wages. They aim to achieve this by promoting the self-help groups and training sessions, ensuring sustainability by setting up a single-window producer centre for market linkages, collaborating with State rural livelihood missions, and encouraging small entrepreneurs to set up nurseries for fodder and fruit plants.

SRIJAN - Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action, Delhi

SRIJAN is working with small and marginal farmers among the rural poor in order to overcome their vulnerability. It is doing so by building-up community institutions, raising annual incomes of farmers by Rs 50,000 and creating sustainable replicable livelihoods cluster models.

Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), Pune

Swayam Shikshan Prayog is empowering 8,000 women farmers in Maharashtra through resilient farming systems. It is also strengthening and mainstreaming the Sakhi Food Security Agriculture Model. It identifies and trains women as Community Resource Persons so that they can mobilise women farmers, and ensure their access to benefits and government agricultural schemes.  

Utthan, Ahmedabad

Utthan is improving agricultural practices enabling 5000 small and marginal women farmers, especially landless and single women, to increase their annual household income across tribal and coastal areas like Panchmahal, Mahisagar, Dahod, and Bhavnagar in Gujarat. They are achieving this through demonstration sessions on plots of land, scheduling exposure visits, imparting training to master farmers, and through regular soil and water tests.

Vaagdhara, Banswara

Vaagdhara is empowering 2000 small and marginal farmers in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh by spreading sustainable integrated farming systems that increase their earnings by 50%. Through live demonstrations, smart knowledge transfers, and access to government flagship programmes farmers are also experiencing stronger community development and leading better lives.

Vasundhara, Bhubaneswar

Vasundhara is working with Adivasis and forest-dependent communities in 100 villages across Odisha to make them aware of their rights to natural resources under the Forest Rights Act 2006, acquire land tenure and attain ecological security. It is also helping Adivasi women’s co-operatives market forest produce.

Vrutti, Bengaluru

Vrutti is promoting farmers as entrepreneurs and farming as an enterprise to boost livelihood security among 12,500 farmers in Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. It also provides farm inputs, marketing support, access to entitlements, insurance and income diversification.

WASSAN - Watershed Support Services and Activities Network, Hyderabad

WASSAN is improving the livelihoods of 6,400 small and marginal Adivasi farmers across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by promoting crop diversity, demonstrating drought-resistant, sustainable agricultural practices; evolving policies for rainfed agriculture in dry areas. It is enabling farmers' co-operatives to run Business Information Centres to share knowledge and innovative scale-up methods with the State Governments and other partners.

WASSAN - Watershed Support Services and Activities Network, Hyderabad

WASSAN is helping small and marginal farmers across Andhra Pradesh through adaption 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.