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Helvetas has no office of its own in India. Here we are collaborating with Partners in Prosperity. 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
    Rank: 132 out of 191
  • Population
  • Thematic focus
    Climate & Disaster Resilience
    Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion
    Private Sector Development
    WASH & Water Governance
* 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.

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 Nutrex, a division of Coop 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 have increased in frequency and severity, and with them conflicts over the scarce resources of water and soil. With Helvetas' support, farmers have improved irrigation systems and methods and use land and water more productively. 

New biogas systems

In addition, Partners in Prosperity 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 Partners in Prosperity and Helvetas are enabling local and provincial administrations to develop and implement strategies to adapt to climate change. 

The country programme in India is co-funded by the SDC programme contribution.

Our strategic partner in India

Our partner organisation in India, Partners in Prosperity (PnP), is a locally registered, independent NGO and was founded in 2006.

Our Projects in India

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

Vietnam, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, India Partnership & Capacity Development

Value Chain Capacity Building Network

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India WASH & Water Governance

Fair and Good – for People and Planet

Climate & Disaster Resilience

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people in adapting to climate change, reducing the risks of disasters, sustainably managing natural resources, and conserving nature.

Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

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

Private Sector Development

Youth need access to reliable, fairly paid jobs to break the cycle of poverty. Helvetas creates partnerships and promotes policies that build more inclusive economies.

Partners in Prosperity (PnP)
1 B/1 Taj Apartments
Rao Tula Ram Marg
110022 New Delhi

Phone:+91 40 2790 6991/6952
E-Mail: info@pnpindia.org.in