A 2.5-million-member association of self-employed women, SEWA has collaborated with Green-tech innovator Spowdi, through a five-year agreement, to introduce Smart farming to thousands of women small hold farmers. This partnership will be executed under the Water Drop Initiative phase 2. This was announced post the successful completion of phase 1 of the Water Drop Initiative. Phase 1 was supported by SHL Medical, and Spowdi and SEWA has provided Smart Farming training and technology to SEWA grassroots members covering four states of India.
Through the Water Drop Initiative, small-hold farmers will be enabled to transform their farming practices into smart farming. In this multi-partner effort, small hold farmers will be able to grown more food in less water and increase their profitability.
Reemaben Nanavaty, Director of SEWA, said that the Swacch Aakash Campaign of SEWA and the Water Drop initiative of Smart Farming Alliance are aligned and their mission was to create more green livelihoods, clean air, clean water and cleaner skies for the generations to come. This initiative would build up more resilience of the poor women workers including the small farmers residing in the rural areas of India. It would generate green livelihood. SEWA would be a green union. She looked forward to strengthening the partnership with Spowdi.
The phase 2 of the Water Drop Initiative, would include the SEWA sisters receiving training in smart farming best practices. This would give them the opportunity of becoming certified Smart Farming entrepreneurs and managing last-mile distribution of smart farming technology as Impact Centre Managers.
Henrik Johansson, CEO of Spowdi pointed out the role of women as crucial contributors to food production, and went on to add that they were happy to collaborate with SEWA and introduce smart farming technology to tens of thousands of SEWA sisters. SEWA sisters were businesswomen or entrepreneurs who could transform the global food production system.
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