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Swechha team on an environmental programme on the banks of the Yamuna river
 
There are many organizations in the industry that are experts in generating the best outfit with the least use of resources. They are supporting rural communities to follow sustainable farming, manufacturing process in daily life to generate income. Here are four of them.

Organisations implementing sustainable solutions in rural areas

1. Sweccha

As part of the United Nation’s Sustainable Lifestyle and Education Programme, Swechha in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan is implementing a year-long low carbon lifestyles project in India.
The project aims to collate a country-specific comprehensive list of behaviour changes for low carbon lifestyles options in terms of food, housing, mobility, manufacturing goods and leisure. The project conducts participatory research through citizen workshops and surveys. It also collects data to estimate the average carbon footprint of individuals.
Eventually, the project will evaluate mitigation impacts if these lifestyle changes were adopted by the residents of India, give policy recommendations and carry out communication campaigns to encourage citizens to take actions.

2. Institute for Sustainable Communities

Since 1991, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has led more than 115 community-driven sustainability projects in 30 countries including the United States, China, India, and Bangladesh. ISC is working to promote water stewardship amongst cotton growing farmers in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh as part of the USAID- Gap Inc supported Women + Water Alliance.
Engaging over 3000 farmers across the region, ISC and implementation partners are reducing the environmental footprint of cotton cultivation, enhancing the sustainability of water resources and empowering women to enhance their role in sustainable farming.

3. Danone

Danone India’s efforts towards positive change stem from a philosophy that the health of the planet and the health of the people living inside of it are intrinsically linked. This forms the crux of its larger initiative called One Planet One Health (OPOH). Driven by the overarching philosophy of water conservation, the CSR arm of Danone India has not only reduced water consumption by 50% at its production site over the last 5 years but has also installed rainwater harvesting systems in its factory. These steps ensure both preservation and optimum utilization of valuable natural resource. One such example is the factory in Lalru, Punjab.

4. Fiinovation

A leading chemical manufacturing company partnered with Fiinovation to initiate their CSR Programme under the thematic area ‘Income Generation Program through Sustainable Agriculture’ among the farmers in Rayagada district of Odisha. This intervention was designed to provide training on cost-effective and sustainable agricultural practices, utilising an optimum amount of water, energy and labour resources.
The CSR project provided skilling of over 1300 farmers by providing them with hands-on training on the functioning of seed drillers, sowing methods, insect and pest management, judicious use of farm inputs and other extended services for a period of two years. Fiinovation was also responsible for conducting independent monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of the project to ensure the success of the proposed CSR programme. After the successful completion of the first phase of the project, it was extended for the next two years.

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