New Initiatives

SRUSTHI Ramanagara – Farmers’ Producer Company

With all the working experience with various domains of farming techniques with the farmers and with the farmers clubs, SACRED has promoted a farmer producer organisation called SRUSTHI Ramnagara Farmers Producer Company with the support of NABARD. The farmer producer organisation has been registered under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. At present, the company has a participating shareholder of 921. Share amount Rs.3, 28,050/- at present through the Farmers Producers Company, desi seeds, ragi and vegetables are promoted. Various capacity building activities are also conducted for the participating rural farmers including the farming practices, community initiative marketing systems, and value added techniques for the products have been conducted.  Various value added products of Ragi including Papad, Sandig, laddu, mixture, chakkali and powder are being made and being marketed.

Collective action and women’s empowerment – The case of dairy cooperative societies in Karnataka, India”

Background:

The PhD Student is doing research on “Collective action and women’s empowerment – The case of dairy cooperative societies in Karnataka, India” under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Markus Hanisch, at the Division of Cooperative Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin and Dr. Manjunatha at Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. The field research work will be conducted in the study area together with SACRED.

Objectives:

Dairy Cooperatives in India have a long and successful history in providing incomes to small-scale farmers and increase milk production and consumption. In Karnataka, there are over ten thousand milk producer cooperative societies (MPCS) functioning at the village level; around 25% of them are organized as women-only groups.

The main focus of the field research survey using a structured questionnaire is based on the following research questions: (1) How is women’s bargaining power in the household affected by their participation in dairy production as cooperative members or unorganized producers?, and (2) Do different organizational forms (women-only and mixed-gender) of cooperatives lead to different outcomes for women’s bargaining power in the household?

Moreover, expert interviews are conducted to address the research question (3): What are the characteristics of cooperatives that influence women’s participation at the cooperative level?

And focus group discussions shall be conducted with members of each dairy society to address research question (4): Through which mechanisms can membership in dairy cooperatives affect women’s bargaining power?

Scope and Structure of the Project:

The field research work takes place from October 21st to December 22nd in Ramanagara District according to the attached schedule. 15 villages are selected to conduct the research. The agent team will support the PhD researcher in conducting the structured survey of farm households as well as in translating expert interviews with cooperative leaders and Focus Group Discussions.  

Tasks of the Agent:

The agent team will support the PhD researcher in contacting the dairy cooperative societies and respective village leaders, getting permission for conducting the field research and handling the practical issues while conducting the field work. The agent team will accompany and assist the PhD researcher in following tasks during the field work:

  1. Translation
  2. Contacting the dairy cooperative societies
  3. Interviews with cooperative leaders (secretary or president)
  4. Conducting focus group discussion with members of dairy societies
  5. Completing structured interviews according to the questionnaire

In all the above tasks and in several related issues the agent will continuously accompany the PhD researcher. The agent team is committed to comply with the ethical and scientific guidelines in conducting the survey.