Successes in improving the livelihoods of the poor and extremely poor. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Principally based on Projects R7839, R7830 and PD 140. A remarkably successful approach involving self-help groups and micro-credit—which is both lowcost and self-sustaining—is empowering the poorest in Indian farming communities and reducing hunger and vulnerability. The so-called 'dialectic approach' encourages self-help group members to debate and identify the solutions best for them. And the micro-loans provide a valuable safety net times of dire need, helping many who otherwise had no access to credit. Self-help groups have sprung up rapidly after NGOs took up and spread the idea: over 1000 groups now exist in over 500 villages. Banks and micro-finance providers are now also using the approach. The model has huge potential for central and northern India, as well as for other parts of South and South East Asia.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (15 pp.) taken from the CD.


NRSP33, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 119.

Published 1 January 2007