HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in cooperation with its partner organisation Intercooperation Social Development India implemented a project funded by the Swiss Coop Sustainability Fund to develop a sustainable value chain for certified organic and fairtrade basmati rice in Uttarakhand, India.
The project worked in close collaboration with local farming communities (4’400 households in 2016) and an Indian processing and exporting company. Monitoring data suggest that farmers achieve substantially higher net profits from organic and fairtrade basmati compared to conventional hybrid paddy.
Before the end of the second phase of the project (2015-2017) an impact study shall test the hypothesis that conversion to organic farming and fair trade contributes to improving the livelihoods of rice farmer families and specifically of disadvantaged groups, to enhancing institutional capacities for effective participation in the bio and fair-trade market, while improving nutrition and environmental sustainability of rice production. The study shall review and assess the project with a qualitative study based on field data through interviews with project participants, non-participants as well as focus groups. Fieldwork is expected to be done March-May 2017. The project allows space for two thesis projects. Moreover there will be an internship attached to the project for an econometric analysis of available survey results from previous years.