Action for Agricultural Renewal in Maharashtra

50 Years of Advancement in Rural Development

A Forum of NGOs in Maharashtra State, India

Networking strengthens the goal of the organization by focusing on rights-based approach in society to mitigate the challenges faced by individuals and groups engaged in development. Efforts were made to build Partnerships and networking with governmental and non-governmental decision makers. AFARM ensures that such decisions taken at different forum, meetings and workshops are pursued further with the policy makers and strive hard that these decisions are included in policy.

A Forum of NGOs in Maharashtra State

AFARM has strong linkages with Non-Government Organizations operating at grass root level to national and international level having stakes in Agriculture, Natural Resources Management and Community Development in rural areas.

Being membership based Organization; AFARM has a wide network spread all over the Maharashtra state. AFARM is one of the first organizations to operate as an Association of NGOs, in the country. Presently 90 organizations are the Institutional Members whereas the Associate organizations are 272.

The substantial numbers of AFARM member organizations are actively engaged in the field of rural livelihood initiatives including Community based Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Women empowerment, Skills development, Health, Education, Human rights, drinking water & sanitation, etc. The sectoral engagement of AFARM member organizations & their target group is depicted below.

Many of them have previously utilized the expertise services of AFARM for their programs & some of them have partnered with AFARM previously in various Network based projects. Wherever find suitable, the services of such AFARM member organizations are also being utilized by AFARM for the attainment of organizational objectives.

AFARM Members –

As per AFARM Member guidelines, any registered Voluntary Organization can become AFARM Member after completing formalities and approval by Executive Committee of AFARM. These organisations are General Body Members having a right of voting for selection of Executive Committee& set policies for AFARM. They can avail services of AFARM and partner with AFARM for thematic project implementation. The current Annual membership subscription is Rs.500/-

AFARM Associate Organization –

Organisations, those are newly registered, having not much experience cannot become Member of AFARM directly. Such organizations can become Associate Members of AFARM. After 2 consecutive years of association with AFARM, such organization can apply for AFARM General body membership. They can avail services of AFARM and involvement in the AFARM programmes. The current annual subscription for associate organization is Rs.300/-