The promoted and hosted Networks of AFARM work for a common cause and provides an opportunity to its members to share and learn each other's experiences. These Networks also helps to identify certain priority issues, which need to be concentrated on both skills training and vision building. These Networks well supported by their set of guiding principles, functioning protocols and common program have tied the members in one string, thereby helping institutions build solidarity and confidence.
Through this forum of Women-headed voluntary organisation in Marathwada region AFARM functions at the regional level with the Women's Regional Training centre in Latur for the betterment of women. Mahila Vyaspeeth is an initiative against women's problems prioritizing steps for their empowerment in Marathwada Region. Aimed at the empowerment of women-headed organisations and capacity building of their trustees, the forum membership is given only to the women-headed organisations.
Forum's focus areas are Domestic & Social Violence, Sexual Harassment, Women's Health, Gender Equality, Women's Education, Management of Voluntary Organizations, Financial Independence of the Women, Capacity Building of Voluntary Workers, Children, Adolescent Boys, Adolescent and Young Girls etc.
Through a strongly felt need to strengthen the forum a common action, program 'Women's Livelihood literacy and Micro enterprise development program' was formed after consultation and active participation of members of forum. This program developed for the women self-help groups, is being implemented by six-member team of NGOs of women's forum. This programs aims on increasing women's knowledge on low cost sustainable farming methods as a part of organic farming policy and motivating them through trainings for farm and non-farm business ventures to improve their lifestyles.
Well Planned Livelihood Literacy Classes for Self Help Group Women
AFARM also provides well-planned livelihood literacy classes for SHG women. Educated men and women from different villages are selected and trained as animators through a six-month training curriculum is developed and conducted for 2 hours, 5 days a week. Trained young women guide 360 SHG women from 12 villages in Latur, Beed and Nanded.
- Program supported with specially created simple yet effective pictorial training materials like posters, VCD, booklets and demonstrations
- Regular field visits and guidance to the trainers and trainees by AFARM SMEs.
AFARM conducts programs of instituting models and demonstrations promoting organic farming at the Marathwada regional centre campus for the farmers, activists, agronomist, VO etc. The VOs who wish to take part in the promotional activities of organic farming can get associated with the centre through many capacity building programs. With the support and initiative of AFARM, the Forum of Organic Cultivators, formed in the year 2004 has 220 individual and organisational members currently. Since inception, a monthly meeting of the forum takes place on every forth Sunday followed by lecture or orientation by experts on a common interest subject.
An Upper Bhima Water Partnership, involving multi-stakeholders / basin water users, has been formed to manage the water affairs in Bhima River Basin, mainly in the upper catchment of Bhima River, in the year 2003. Since its inception in 2003, AFARM has provided all secretariat and infrastructure support to the forum which functions in line with global water partnership. The steering committee of UBWP in association with experts has prepared plan/master plan for development and management of water in Bhima River.
The NGOs (networking with government) engaged in implementation of Government sponsored Watershed Development programs in Maharashtra formed a joint institution - Panlot Mahasangh in the year 2003-04. AFARM has provided support for this forum including hosting the secretariat of Mahasangh. Under the leadership of the AFARM Chairman, this Mahasangh worked as an interface between NGOs and Government to streamline implementation of Watershed Projects in Maharashtra.
CNRI is a national organisation active through state and district chapters and has 6000 NGOs as its members. AFARM chairperson heads the Maharashtra chapter of CNRI since inception while many senior members of AFARM work as district presidents of CNRI. The secretariat of CNRI Maharashtra chapter was hosted and facilitated by AFARM. CNRI functions as the nodal agency for rural development programs of central government.