Welcome To Harsha Trust

Harsha Trust has operated in Odisha since 2002. By the year 2020, we have already worked with 1,80,000 families to enhance their income by atleast 50% of their existing incomes. Our vision is to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in the backward pockets of the state, actively supported by the community, other NGO partners, government and corporations. Our idea is to place small women farmers who produce our food at the forefront. We provide platforms for communities which will address myriad dimensions of rural livelihood , starting from organizing women into SHGs and subsequently village organizations. We have 12 Farmer Producer Organizations helping in the aggregation of products and thus fetching better prices for both ends of the value chain.

Some of our key goals are

Generate Livelihood and Employment for Indigenous Farmers – Women farmers will adopt scientific methods of agriculture, soil and water management, which will help cultivate existing fallows and increase production of land; healthy communities with enhanced incomes will emerge.

Build Institutions – Women will come together through the concept of Self- Help and federate to build a strong institution which will cater to their needs. Women will access institutional finance through linkages with government and private financial institutions and village women will save from their enhanced agricultural incomes to move towards self sufficiency.

Alternate Employment Avenues for the Landless – The landless families who till now have worked largely as agriculture labour will have alternate employment through scientific methods of livelihood management. Livestock work to be introduced in scales as alternative means of livelihoods for poor families.

Our Approach

Community is the Principal Stakeholder. Women farmers must be brought to the front and the families, societies and government must recognize the contribution of women farmers. Women farmers lack access to quality inputs, credit and also do not have land titles. We converge with the government and other quality input providers to make available seeds, fertilisers and other requirements. We train farmers on the preparation of organic alternatives addressing long term sustainability. We believe that Soil and Water management is the key to maximize outputs in small patches.

We promote people’s institutions that augment opportunities for the rural poor. The emphasis is on building up of a social capital which will help the poor. We believe that better linkages will lead to better lives.

Our Service Providers

Harsha Trust has promoted the concept of Community Service Providers (CSPs), Community Resource Persons (CRPs) and Para Resource Persons (PRPs) from the rural youth and women who act as catalysts of change within their communities. They are also seen as bridges between the organization and the people and help us in implementing our projects. These community derived and based individuals have made it possible for us to scale up our endeavours, as they belong to the communities and are right there to render services, demonstrate their own skills and upgrade skills.

The entire Community Cadre has different roles. Let us examine the services provided by them:

Harsha Trust has promoted the concept of Community Service Providers (CSPs), Community Resource Persons (CRPs) and Para Resource Persons (PRPs) from the rural youth and women who act as catalysts of change within their communities. They are also seen as bridges between the organization and the people and help us in implementing our projects. These community derived and based individuals have made it possible for us to scale up our endeavours, as they belong to the communities and are right there to render services, demonstrate their own skills and upgrade skills of the community.

Our Technical Expertise

Livelihood enhancement – we use different approaches and diverse farm practices for different kinds of land. We work with tribal farmers who often cultivate on undulating lands, thus we de-risk farms by the promotion of integrated crop cultivation models.

Natural Resource Management – We help farming populations to manage soil and other natural resources and prevent drainage of water and other nutrients and allow the natural resources to be conserved. Village institutions are facilitated to take up plantations at household and village level with local tree species. Field bunding, contour trenching and green manuring are done to conserve in- situ soil and moisture at the farm level.

Scientific Livestock Management – Our trained professionals, PRPs, CSPs and CRPs work in collaboration with Producer Companies to support landless households. Promoting micro enterprise through livestock rearing (Poultry, Goat and Fishery) have been major income major supplements for poor families.

Farmer Producer Organizations – Harsha Trust has promoted 12 FPOs whose combined annual turnover is 6.4 crores. These Producer Companies are linked to NABARD to get assistance from their PRODUCE FUND, Ernst & Young Foundation, PI Foundation, NCDC and APC.

Education – In partnership with Klorofeel Foundation we are attempting to make learning fun. Currently we have 104 Joyful Learning Centres in rural area of Koraput, Nawrangpur and Rayagada districts of Odisha.

Impact Stories

The fallow and the shallow pay with industry!

The Sikharpur village is in Hinjlicut block of Ganjam district. This is about Surjya Narayan Nayak. Surjya Narayan has 5 acres of land, and most of his land is not irrigated. But today Surjya Narayan sits on an oasis. In Ganjam district Kharif, Rabi and Summer season crops are separated per irrigated area and rain fed area...


2020-08-03T05:53:11+00:00
The Sikharpur village is in Hinjlicut block of Ganjam district. This is about Surjya Narayan Nayak. Surjya Narayan has 5 acres of land, and most of his land is not irrigated. But today Surjya Narayan sits on an oasis. In Ganjam district Kharif, Rabi and Summer season crops are separated per irrigated area and rain fed area... READ MORE

Nurseries at a Commercial Scale

Availability of quality planting material is highly essential for successful commercial vegetable cultivation. Usually small farmers make small nurseries in their homesteads for personal usage. The farmer maintains and manages the nursery till the seedlings are transferred to the field. However in this period any pest and disease incidences


2020-08-03T06:01:59+00:00
Availability of quality planting material is highly essential for successful commercial vegetable cultivation. Usually small farmers make small nurseries in their homesteads for personal usage. The farmer maintains and manages the nursery till the seedlings are transferred to the field. However in this period any pest and disease incidences READ MORE

The Story Of Rukuni And Her Family’s Prosperity

Rukuni Majhi of village Barakaudi of Dumerpadar Panchayat in Thuamul.Rampur block of Kalahandi District has a big family of seven to support. She has six acres of land. Till 2015, she along with Hangta (her husband) used to grow only paddy,millets and oil seeds (Niger) in the kharif season to feed the family and earn some money...


2020-08-03T06:04:55+00:00
Rukuni Majhi of village Barakaudi of Dumerpadar Panchayat in Thuamul.Rampur block of Kalahandi District has a big family of seven to support. She has six acres of land. Till 2015, she along with Hangta (her husband) used to grow only paddy,millets and oil seeds (Niger) in the kharif season to feed the family and earn some money... READ MORE

Dipali Says…The Benefits Of My Garden Are Immense

Dipali Gadeli, living in the village of Koudiguda in the Markapalli, Block of Malkangiri joined as a Women’s Self Help Group member in May 2019. The SHG then joined the Grama Devi CLF (Cluster Level Forum). She has a family of four. As a part of the intervention, the SHG (of which she is a part of) received different types of services from the GPLF


2020-08-03T06:09:42+00:00
Dipali Gadeli, living in the village of Koudiguda in the Markapalli, Block of Malkangiri joined as a Women’s Self Help Group member in May 2019. The SHG then joined the Grama Devi CLF (Cluster Level Forum). She has a family of four. As a part of the intervention, the SHG (of which she is a part of) received different types of services from the GPLF READ MORE

Solar Energy Based Chilli Grinding Machine

In rural areas of Bissamcuttack block of Rayagada district of Odisha, there is a sizeable opportunity for production of chilli and turmeric. Thus Harsha Trust promoted chilli production in Sikarpai village of K.Singhpur block in Rayagada District in a scale. Due to the favorable climatic conditions, farmers of the block do chilli cultivation extensively.


2020-08-03T05:46:43+00:00
In rural areas of Bissamcuttack block of Rayagada district of Odisha, there is a sizeable opportunity for production of chilli and turmeric. Thus Harsha Trust promoted chilli production in Sikarpai village of K.Singhpur block in Rayagada District in a scale. Due to the favorable climatic conditions, farmers of the block do chilli cultivation extensively. READ MORE

Alternate Income Source For Farming Communities In Tribal Areas

The rural economy has been badly hit, especially in the second wave of the coronavirus. Due to frequent lockdown & weekly shutdown, local industries in nearby towns and cities that employed the villagers are starting to shut down again.


2021-06-02T06:43:44+00:00
The rural economy has been badly hit, especially in the second wave of the coronavirus. Due to frequent lockdown & weekly shutdown, local industries in nearby towns and cities that employed the villagers are starting to shut down again. READ MORE
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Upcoming Events

1. Workshop on future scenario building

Workshop on future scenario building will be held on 20th August 2020 (Online review).It will be facilitated by Dr. Kallul Bora, Mr. Gautam Kumar Pradhan and Mr. Debasis Pati.

2. Package of Practices (PoP) of Pulses & Maize

Package of Practices (PoP) of Pulses & Maize will be held on 14th August 2020 ( Online review) resource person Mr. Balabhadra Nayak & Mr. Budhanatha Panda.It will be facilitated by Mr. Soumayajeet Swain.

3. Training on Convergence

Training on Convergence held on 10th August 2020 (Online Training), facilitated by Mr. Debasis Pati Mr. Rajesh Barik & Mr. Soumyajeet Swain.

Current Events

1. Training on Backyard Poultry and Goat rearing management process

Training on Backyard Poultry and Goat rearing management process held on 7th and 8th August 2020 ( Online training). It has been facilitated by Dr. Ditismita Chowbay, Mr. Pravat Kumar Sahoo, Ms. Bidyutlata Nayak on.

2. Package of Practices (PoP) of Pulses & Maize

Package of Practices (PoP) of Pulses & Maize on 6th August 2020 (Online review )and facilitors were Mr. Annada Swain , Mr. Soumyajeet Swain, Ms. Kalpana Mahapatra.

3. Review of CSR funding Projects ITC

Review of Sunehra Kal Projects being funded by ITC held on 31st July 2020 (Online review), Facilitors were Dr. Kallul Bora, Mr. Soumyajeet Swain, Mr.Ajay Pandey & Ms. Kalpana Mahapatra.

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