Operational Area: AP, Maharashtra, Orissa
Chetna Organic & Fair Trade Cotton Intervention Program is a flagship program directed towards stabilizing the socio economic status of smallholder farmers and to improve their entrepreneurial capacity. The vision was to transform farmers into entrepreneurs rather than being mere recipients in the cotton supply chain. This was manifested through facilitating farmers to organize themselves into Common Interest Groups (and function more or less on the principles of SHG) and federating into cooperatives / societies / MACS.
Keeping in line with the objective of handing over the ownership to farmers in due course of time, a national level farmer owned association /society with a not-for-profit motive – Chetna Organic Farmers Association (COFA) - was registered at Hyderabad (AP) with representatives from the different cluster level societies/Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies(MACS) in AP & Maharashtra. COFA was formed as a national level body that would facilitate technical and social extension to farmers and involve in advocacy for the organic and fair trade concepts.
Chetna Organic & Fair Trade Cotton Intervention Program is supported by Solidaridad, ICCO, Ford Foundation and G-Star Foundation.