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  • In April 2015 AKF started an organic cotton project in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh with the support of the C&A Foundation. Manga fills here his distributer with Panch Patti, a natural pest repellent made from five leaves found locally. Combined with cow dung, cow urine and water the extract is left to ferment for 8-10 days and can then be sprayed on cotton plants as well as vegetables, herbs and pulses intercropped.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • In April 2015 AKF started an organic cotton project in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh with the support of the C&A Foundation. The project aims to improve the livelihoods and incomes of 7,000 tribal farmers living there through the promotion of organic cotton cultivation.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Vermi-composting is one of the agricultural enhancement techniques promoted by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP). Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • The Self Help Group-run solar powered irrigation scheme in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India was set up in April 2016 with the support of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP). The scheme is run by 12 SHG members.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Community-based savings groups in Bihar, India.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
Agriculture and food security

In India, The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and its sister agency, the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India (AKRSP (I)) focus on  supporting marginalised communities’ economic development and environmental protection through community-based approaches to natural resource management (NRM) and livelihood enhancement at the village level. Particular focus is also put on facilitating wider learning and outreach at state and national levels. The programme currently works in over 2,500 villages, directly benefiting almost 1.4 million people,  in the states of Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.