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TIMELINE: Duration: 4 Years, Date of Inception: 1st April 2018, Date of End: 28th March 2022

About the Program: The Smallholder Adaptive Farming and Biodiversity Network (SAFBIN) aims to improve the food and nutritional security of small farmers across South Asia. It lays stress on research led by smallholder farmers themselves; helping them adapt farming methods to increasingly erratic climatic conditions.SAFBIN is an action research programme from Caritas Organizations to address the issues of climate change and food security of smallholder farmers in South Asia. The programme aiming to achieve SDG 2, “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture in South Asia”. SAFBIN is a multi-dimensional and multi-sector programme aimed to address the agricultural development challenges of developing and emerging countries.

SAFBIN programme follows farmer led collective on-farm adaptive research, farming system and partnership approaches to empower the smallholder farmers in:

  • Doubling farm production and income.
  • Access to balanced diet and nutritional self-sufficiency.
  • Control over land and secured access to knowledge and farm-based entitlements.
  • Resilience to climate change and disaster while maintaining farm ecosystem.
  • Multi-level cooperation and partnership for smallholder friendly policies.
  • Sustainable food production and consumption of small-farm-agri-foods for urban middle-class consumers.

Partner Organization: 1. MVSSS (Manav Vikas Seva Sangh) & JDSSS (Jabalpur Diocesan Social Service Society) in three districts of Madhya Pradesh.

Geographical Reach: Three districts of Madhya Pradesh 1. Mandla, 2. Sagar and 3. Vidisha covering 25 villages.

Demographic Reach:

Sl. No Content Sagar Vidisha Mandla Total
1 Total Number of villages 10 5 10 25
2 Total Number of Gram Panchayat 9 2 5 16
3 Total Number of Blocks 1 2 1 4
4 Total Number of Districts 1 1 1 3
5 Total Covered Population 12003 1152 7499 20654
6 Total Households 1938 473 1467 3878
7 Male & Female (population) 6213 & 5790 594 & 558 3773 & 3726 10580 & 10074

Highlights of the Programme:

  • Introduction on relevant new farm components for developing IFS and enhanced efficiency.
  • Organizing appropriate nutrition focused farm diversification for enhanced access to nutrition.
  • Promoting alternate /new uses of existing / introduces farm resources including recycling/ reuse/upcycling of farm waste.
  • Almost 1366 smallholder families (920 male & 446 female) are orientated on IFS.
  • Organize nutrition and hygiene awareness campaigns & supporting village resources center to maintain and provide information on nutrition and hygiene.
  • Promoting use of organic inputs and nutrient recycling.
  • Farm biomass production has diversified and is economically used.
  • Value Chains of SHF farm products established with market linkage.
  • Small farm friendly farming systems models are developed and used.
  • Small farm household members are aware about vital aspects of nutrition, basic hygiene practises and know how to ensure a quality / balanced diet.
  • Small farms have enhanced access to water. & SHF have enhanced access to indigenous seeds and reproductive materials of good quality.
  • Eligible SHF have enhanced access to Public Service Entitlements.
  • Small farm-oriented knowledge and information are available.
  • Small Farm ecosystem and soil health improved.
  • Middle Class Consumers Groups engaged in Producer-Consumer-Alliances, jointly facilitate, advocate and influence demand for Small-Farm-Agri-Foods.
  • Multi-stakeholder partnerships are functional at local, national, regional and international level.


  • Smallholder farmers are able to understand the IFS and started recycling their existing farm waste.
  • Smallholders are able to establish the connections among each farm components and its contributions in increasing production.
  • Smallholders are taking ownership by utilizing their farm resources wisely.
  • Smallholders acknowledging the importance of traditional climate resilient varieties and started identifying and collecting the seeds for seed production and replication at their level.
  • Small farm families are aware of their socio-economic conditions through household cards and status of service delivery system.
  • Small farm families have realized the existing practice of land tenure security making them more vulnerable.
  • Besides cultural barriers, women demonstrated their skilful contributions towards farming and willing to be part of SHFCs.
  • Smallholders, PLW and adolescent girls are able to know the basic practice of sanitation and hygiene.
  • Smallholders are able to know the nutritional aspects of local food and impact of food miles.
  • Smallholder farmers increase the quantity of organic inputs from their own farm waste.