August 2018

Cash in the crop

The Lakhpati Kisan project is transforming the lives of over 100,000 tribal farming households in four Indian states - and it has the potential to deliver more

A tribal woman and her son with the family’s chilly crop in Dahod district of Gujarat

The Lakhpati Kisan project has under its canopy more than 100,000 households in 800 underserved villages spread across the states of Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Odisha. Loosely translated as the ‘Rs100,000 farmer’, the Lakhpati Kisan project is designed to lift those who have been incorporated into the programme irreversibly out of poverty.

Operational since April 2015, it has a spectrum of schemes and principles to realise the objective, all of them aligned to agriculture-centred livelihoods. The households are mainly from tribal regions and the building blocks are women’s self-help groups (SHGs). It is one of the most ambitious and challenging projects supported by the Tata Trusts.

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This article first appeared in July 2018 issue of Tata Trusts Horizons