Dalits living on the banks of a river in Village Semra UP,India, had their homes and field washed away in flood waters. With the help of ILC member SDF they were able to claim land after displacement. SAFP documented this struggle to bring out nuances and the issues around displacement due to river floods.
The Social Development Foundation (SDF) sent a petition to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India to solicit food and housing rights for the Muhasars, one of the poorest Scheduled Castes (SCs) in Udayapura village, Uttar Pradesh. Thanks to continuous advocacy during four years, the district administration’s attitude changed. Not only land for housing, food subsidies and schooling was provided to the villagers, but also services such as electricity, water and sanitation. SAFP researched this case study for International Land Coalition (ILC) contracted by IFAD.
In 20 years, 425 poor landless tenant farmers in the villages of Telangana State, India, transformed 1400 acres
of infertile and idle wasteland into cultivable land using dryland farming. Realising the potential of the improved
land, the absentee landlords tried to reclaim the land by threatening the tenants with eviction. Following a
considerable struggle with the landlords, the farmers’ collective, with the support of SDDPA, successfully
negotiated the registration of land in the name of 395 families. The security of tenure for the farmers has
prevented the loss of livelihoods, enhancing agricultural and environmental sustainability in the area.
- Spread awareness of Economic Social Cultural Rights,
- Conducts leadership & capacity building training
- Fosters partnerships to advocate solutions
- Lobby training and campaigns
including all in every work we do to build capacity
Work of SAFP has been consistently been to research with our stake holders and organize consultations to share findings. These consultants debate and deliberate options that need to be taken on by law and policy makers to bring social transformation in our social fabric. Please read and circulate the attached text to your local and national leaders.
Co authored by SET (SAFP, EqualSaree and TAAL) with support from Swiss Aid,
Compiled by Shivani Bhardwaj edited by Sunita Gupta Kotnala
The draft land policy talks about rural land use plan that should be made with gender equal resource distribution. This can be done by planning livelihoods for different communities in an alternate way with the involvement of local and district authorities to make a gender equal village plan. Dalit and tribal community marginalization can be addressed through a village development plan component funded by the Schedule Caste Plan and The Tribal Development Plan funds to demonstrate inclusion mentioned in the 12th plan document. The district office should then include the implementation of the gender equal village plan in the monthly action taken report. This report provides a framework of what can be done and planned as projects in the village punchayat as next steps. Specific Natural Resource Management (NRM) and livelihood projects need input from the framework suggested in this feasibility report. The detail projects that have social forestry, fodder planting and vegetable and fruit patch with buildings and water conservation design that will get SET to the next level of work in time will also set the pattern of group approach to land mentioned in the draft land policy. Additionally agriculture based work will need to be planned with clear indicators on how women resource increase can be planned and monitored at the village level for the two different communities.This task should be done along with women groups, small and marginal farmers and entrepreneurs in the district as part of village punchayat plan and district gender, tribal using allocation from schedule caste plan, tribal sub plan, and other livelihood and NRM schemes.
UNIFEM had commissioned SAFP in 2008 to record who has done what on women and productive resource and asset building.
This enchanting report compiles work of many peopleUNIFEM stock taking paper May 12 2008 who met SAFP and responded to our search for information
SAFP study on dalit women’s resources has been sanctioned by ministry of women and child . Deccan herald reported on the progress of the study DECCAN HERRALD NEWS