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India

Helvetas has no office of its own in India. We carry out projects here with our strategic partner Intercooperation Social Development India (ICSD). In our joint projects we support people who are not benefiting from the country’s rapid development. Points of main effort here include measures to adapt to climate change and to promote organic agriculture.
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  • Capital
    New Delhi
  • Area
    3,287,263 km²
  • Poverty rate*
    21% of the population live under the poverty line of $1.90 per day
  • UN DEVELOPMENT INDEX*
    Rank: 131 out of 188
  • Population
    1,326,802,000
  • Thematic focus
    Environment and Climate Change
    Governance, Peace & Migration
    Sustainable and Inclusive Economies
    Water
* Source: UN Data

India is a nation of stark contrasts: on the one hand, it is an economic heavyweight; on the other, it is still the country with the largest number of poor people in the world. Rural communities in particular, which make up two-thirds of the overall population, are severely disadvantaged. They have benefited little from India’s economic growth in recent years. Most farming families in India have too little land, which, moreover, is often depleted through overuse. To make matters worse, farmers are often at the mercy of middlemen who take advantage of their economic plight and inexperience to beat down the prices.

Promoting fair trade of basmati rice

To help Indian farming families increase their independence and income, we have teamed up with Coop, the Swiss wholesale and retail chain, and Reismühle Brunnen, a Swiss company that imports and processes organic rice from all over the world, to back the transition to organic farming and fair trade of basmati rice, which is supplied to Switzerland.

Better irrigation systems

Besides the problem of increasingly acute soil depletion, farmers also face the multiple challenges related to climate change. Droughts and floods will probably continue to increase in frequency and severity, and with them conflicts over the scarce resources of water and soil. With Helvetas' support, farmers improve irrigation systems and methods and use the land more productively.

New biogas systems

In addition, Intercooperation Social Development India (ICSD) and Helvetas in association with Coop, WWF and myClimate are supporting farming households in building biogas systems. Biogas is an inexpensive source of energy and eases the pressure on surrounding forests by reducing firewood consumption. In order to increase the outreach of our activities, these measures need to be applied on a wider scale, so ICSD and Helvetas are enabling local and provincial administrations to develop and implement strategies to adapt to climate change.

Visit the website of Helvetas India.

Our strategic partner in India

Our partner organisation in India, Intercooperation Social Development (ICSD), is a locally registered, independent NGO and was founded in 2006. ICSD has been our strategic partner since Helvetas withdrew from India. For more information: www.intercooperation.org.in

Our Projects in India

If you would like to know more about our work in India, click on each project for details.

Environment and Climate Change

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people adapt to climate change, reduce the risks of disasters, sustainably manage natural resources, and conserve nature.

Governance, Peace & Migration

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.

Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Economic growth does not always benefit the poor and poverty is bad for growth. We need to make a proactive effort to break this vicious cycle.
Contact

Intercooperation Social Development India
153/A/4, Sappers Lane
Balamrai
500 003 Secunderabad
India

Phone: + 91 40 27906991
Fax: + 91 40 27906954
E-Mail: info@intercooperation.org.in