Position: Project Manager- Agriculture, Livelihoods- Champion Farmer Program, Full time Location: SELCO Foundation, Bengaluru, Karnataka Reports to: Program Manager Starting date: Immediate
SELCO Foundation seeks to inspire and implement socially, financially and environmentally inclusive solutions by improving access to sustainable energy. SELCO Foundation’s key objectives are systematically identify diverse needs of the poor, understand and define the role of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and decentralized energy, create and deploy innovative solutions that positively impact well-being, health, education and livelihoods towards the alleviation of poverty and foster the development of enabling conditions or an ecosystem through holistic thought processes in technology, finance, entrepreneurship and policy. As one of the priority development verticals, we are working to develop sustainable energy driven solutions for Agriculture. Under the Agricultural vertical we have been working on specific value chains such as millets, rice, spice, tomato, potato and with agri cooling as a value chain cutting across all horticulture produce. SELCO seeks to develop sustainable energy solutions across agri commodity value chains in order to improve, diversifying farm incomes and reducing drudgery across agri processes and activities. Specifically, we are looking at technologies that bring about value among small marginal farmers and entrepreneurs, FPOs, FPC's, SHG and other stakeholders. You can find more information on this program on our Program Website.You can find more information about the SELCO Foundation on our Organization Website.
This program is aimed at the Identification of champion farmers to implement intervention of need- based DRE solutions at the champion site for learning and lead generation & to develop case studies on climate-friendly practices for cross learning. There is a knowledge gap across new and innovative farming solutions, lack of recognition and documentation of climate friendly innovative practices by champion farmers; which this project aims to cover. The Champion Farmer Program is an effort to create a repository of farmers who have emerged resilient against all odds showcasing sustainable and resilient ecosystems in agriculture and allied sectors. The Champion farmers program is piloted across three districts of Karnataka, namely Haveri, Chitradurga and Devangere which range from moderate to high in climate vulnerability. The Agriculture Department, Government of Karnataka has been integral to this program, supporting the selection of farmers and selection of geographies for pitching the project. The theory of change behind this initiative is reciprocal: Documenting the sustainable practice that progressive farmers are doing as well as plugging into the gaps where technology and sustainable energy can play a crucial role to facilitate systemic change in life and livelihood. Champion farmers have a major role in the country’s food security and in meeting SDGs with their integrated and multi-dimensional approach to sustainable agriculture and food systems.
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