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Team Involved

Center for Collective Development (CCD)

Area of Collaboration

Dual-purpose rabbi sorghum suitable for low input cultivation systems: A targeted agri-intervention for tribal farming communities of Utnoor

Project Involvement


Why work with them / What was done

Center for Collective Development (CCD) is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization working to improve livelihoods and to enable farmers to become entrepreneurs through effective capacity building, strong partnerships, and profitable market linkages. Currently, CCD works with farmers producing pigeon pea, chickpea, groundnut, mungbean, urdbean, soybean, rice, cotton, mustard, and mango spread across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra. Their portfolio is centered around capacity building, training for sustainable Agri practices, building market-linkages, and establishing cooperatives, food processing organizations (FPOs), and innovative business models that are beneficial for farmers, local businesses, and the economy. Team GEMS work closely with CCD-Utnoor (Adilabad district, Telangana, India) and CCD-Kalyandurgam (Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, India) to understand the existing agri-food cultivation scenarios in these regions and integrate sustainable, economically viable, and socially acceptable technologies in order to sustainably improve the socio-economic wellbeing of target farming communities. PrajaMitraRaitu MACS Federation Limited was registered in 2007 under AP Mutually Aided Co-operative Societies Act, 1995. It is a self-governing confederation of 117 existing cooperatives with 7546 members in the Utnoor region. The Federation has established pigeon pea processing mill with a capacity to process 10MT of pigeon pea per day; an agri-inputs shop that supply quality seeds and fertilizers; a horticulture nursery; a vermicompost unit for production and marketing; and a cooperative society to promote small savings to meet short-term credit needs with 1746 members. With the Federation, the GEMS team is working to identify nutritionally-dense climate-resilient rabi-sorghum and pigeon pea cultivars suitable for the Utnoor region.