In India, the Network works in over 2,800 villages across Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh …

AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

In April 2015 AKF started an organic cotton project in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh with the support …

AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

In April 2015 AKF started an organic cotton project in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh with the support …

AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

Vermi-composting is one of the agricultural enhancement techniques promoted by the Aga Khan Rural Support …

AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

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India | Agriculture and Food Security


1.4 million

AKF’s support for marginalised rural communities benefits almost 1.4 million people

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

Climate-smart Agriculture

We are addressing climate change and reducing carbon emissions from crop and livestock farming by piloting low-carbon agriculture practices, including solar-based irrigation systems, micro-irrigation devices, optimised fertiliser and water use and crop diversification.

In Gujarat, AKF and AKRSP are helping small farmers adopt water use efficiency measures through drip irrigation. We are working to help farmers access government subsidies for these technologies. In Madhya Pradesh, farmers are being supported as they move towards sustainable organic cotton farming and better markets.

Forestry is another means of improving the livelihoods of farming communities. AKRSP has been helping reignite the traditions of community protection of common lands, which have come under pressure due to lack of entitlements and population growth. Through farm forestry in southern Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, AKRSP has helped communities reduce drudgery for women and children, improve their local ecology and contribute to reforestation efforts.


Livestock is an essential asset for the poorest households, with limited access to land or other productive assets. Our interventions focus on training to improve animal husbandry, increasing access to veterinary services and establishing links with local dairies.

Goat-rearing in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh is helping families earn up to US$ 500 extra per year. A key component has been the promotion of women animal health workers called “pashu sakhis”, who provide affordable animal care in remote villages. Pashu sakhis are now being trained in Bihar, as part of a wider women’s empowerment programme that is building the capacity of women self-help group members to adopt modern veterinary practices with small ruminants, as well as become para-vets themselves. AKF is developing a cadre of 4,000 para-vets to reach 800,000 women goat rearers.


We strengthen agriculture-nutrition links through diversified cropping systems and through nutrition-sensitive farming practices. These lead to improved nutrition outcomes such as reduced rates of stunting and anaemia. Community-managed grain banks for vulnerable households complement these efforts.