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Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF)

SRSP in its program always tried to support the poor people particularly farmer for their uplift and sustainable development. Keeping in view the fact, SRSP started a capacity building program with the support of different partners/agencies at different times, simultaneously it also contributed in capacity building of the needy people of its operational area as well as other parts of the Sindh at its own. The theme of this activity is to uplift the economical status of people as they can participate in all development activities of their life.

At the same time SRSP has supported its staff for getting different trainings from renowned national and international institutions/departments. As a well trained and qualified staff is a bridge between the community member and the agency that can fulfil its need.

Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF) which provides farmers, farmer groups, and entrepreneurs with demand-driven technical and managerial services on a matching grant basis to improve their productivity, competitiveness and creditworthiness to access financing for their enterprises.

ASF is a “Not for Profit Company” registered under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance. It was established by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture & Livestock (MINFAL) with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the context of the Agribusiness Development and Diversification Project. The company is governed by a private-sector led, independent Board of Directors and is based in Lahore.

SRSP submitted a project proposal to ASF during the month of December, 2007. The main objective of the project is to mobilize, form progress farmer groups and enhance socio-economic empowerment of small farmer groups of Districts Nawabshah and Umerkot, Sindh Pakistan . The specific objectives are to:

  1. Identify motivated small growers (having not more than 30 acres of land) cultivating fruits, vegetables and other high valued crops.
  1. Mobilize and form progressive farmer group (PFG) around 30 groups (minimum 10 growers in one group) in each district from identified and motivated small growers.
  2. Empower the members of PFG through meetings, trainings, seminars, learning tours, field days, and other activities.
  3. Support the PFG with line agencies, private companies, NGOs, and relevant networks engaged in agriculture sector. 
  4. Monitor project activities and produce reports.
The ASF team visited the Nawabshah area and held discussions with SRSP team during the month of December, 2007. Fortunately, on 24th January, 2008, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between ASF and SRSP for the project implementation initially for one year starting from February, 2008.
Agriculture, Environment, Water and Sanitation
UNICEF supported water, environment and sanitation (WES) projects during 2002 in Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad and Jamshoro (former Dadu district) districts. In the project area, training for installation of hand pumps, demonstration and model construction of pit latrine and formation of women organizations were undertaken for promoting personal hygiene, food hygiene, domestic hygiene, and environmental hygiene.
Environment and Conservation of Natural Resources
(Up gradation of environment, advocacy for conservation water and land resources, development of livestock)
Agriculture Management
Total 14 training events on agriculture management were organized for male and female community members of Taluka Shahdadpur, Sinjhoro and Nawabshah in district Sanghar and Nawabshah.

Around 50 members of farmer Organizations were trained in Abiyana (Water Changes) collection and crop assessment aspects.
Livestock Management
Total 17 trainings on livestock management were organized for male and female community members of Taluka Shahdadpur, Sinjhoro and Nawabshah in district Sanghar and Nawabshah.
  Awareness campaign – Achievements
  • Tree plantation
  • All villagers contributed Rs. 10 per HH for the tree plantation at both locations
  • Total 300 trees planted in all seven villages of Khairpur while 400 tree are planted in 15 villages of project at Sanghar
  • Voter Registration Campaign
  • SRSP started a campaign in collaboration with UNDP to assure the votes to be registered in voters list.  PRPP’s social mobilizers and PMC members distributed the literature and posters for motivating the project villages to register their votes in the voters list.  The village communities appreciated PRPP staff.
Land Degradation
SRSP with support of UNDP/GEF has established an advocacy Forum on Land Degradation in Sindh. This Forum aimed to sensitize the issue of land degradation in the province and persuade government organizations, NGOs, farmers’ organizations, universities, research institutes and media for promoting sustainability of land resources.

The forums work plan envisaged four advocacy workshops to sensitize the issue of growing land degradation. The first workshop held in Hyderabad on 28 August 1998. Prominent experts on land and water resources were invited to discuss the causes of land degradation.
  • Identify the causes of land degradation
  • Sensitize the issue of land degradation
  • Involve partner organizations on advocacy against land degradation
  • Recommend suggestions for sustainable use of land

In the study following recommendations were made, Agriculture and irrigation and drainage system of Sindh need intensive review,, and sound planning should be done to

  • Conserve and land water
  • Promote sustainable farming
  • Improve performance of government institutions working for rural economy
  • Involve farmers in development project
Poverty Reduction Pilot Project (PRPP)

SRSP has started Poverty Reduction Pilot Project (PRPP) in collaboration with the Government of Sindh/Asian Development Bank (ADB) from February 2007.

This project is aimed to benefit the marginalized communities of rural areas through employment opportunities. The employment is being generated for locals in the road construction work. The poverty reduction program is directly benefiting more than 130 villages, 7500 households and 60,000 populations.

Achievements in PRPP

At Sanghar 35 selected road workers from 15 villages and at Khairpur 30 selected road workers from 07 villages would get employment under PRPP.

Project Management Committees at both locations are formed and they are playing vital role in road construction and supporting PRPP activities

Formation Road Worker Groups (RWGs):
At Sanghar 03, RWGs are formed 10 to 12 RWGs are in each group
At Khairpur 03 groups are formed 10 RWGs are in each group
CBOs formation:
Sanghar, total 14 CBOs are formed (7 male and 7 female)
Khairpur, 7 CBOs are formed (1 male and 6 are joint male and female )
Total (18) training workshops
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