Krishi Jyoti India
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Smallholder farmers – those with less than 25 acres – work 90% of the world’s farms. Many of those in this large, critical group are food insecure, struggling to earn a living or even feed their own families. Among their challenges is a lack of access to agronomic expertise. India ranks second worldwide in farm output, but its average yields are 50 to 70% lower than yields of top global producers. In the districts of Nuh and Alwar, two of India’s most resource-challenged and isolated areas, smallholder farmers face soil degradation and water scarcity challenges that result in below-average yields. With the world's ever-growing population, helping smallholder farmers become more productive is imperative.

Since 2008, the Mosaic Villages Project in India – a partnership led by Mosaic, the Sehgal Foundation and The Mosaic Company Foundation – has helped close that yield gap by bringing modern agricultural tools and products to more farmers. Through a community-centered approach, farmers, community leaders, Mosaic, the Sehgal Foundation, and The Mosaic Company Foundation partner to develop the needed infrastructure and capacity to nourish their communities sustainably.

The project’s Krishi Jyoti, or “enlightened agriculture,” initiative equips smallholder farmers with modern agricultural inputs and practices. Krishi Jyoti focuses its community-led transformation efforts through three primary drivers: agriculture, water and education.

Community-generated solutions and adaptive leadership power Krishi Jyoti. Farmers participate in each step of the process, and the operations and results are demonstrated on their own fields. Mosaic works hands-on with local farmers, teaching better agricultural and crop nutrition practices.

In just 10 years, this cross-sector collaboration has increased farmer yield and water storage capacity, while expanding from two village communities to reach 60 villages, 46,000 people and 17,000 acres of land. The result is a model that significantly and sustainably increases productivity.

  • Krishi Jyoti has shown that employing agricultural best practices on the input side can increase the productivity of lead crops in Nuh and Alwar by 20 – 30%.
  • Farmer income has increased with increased productivity.
  • 6 check dams provide this semi-arid region with the capacity to store 30 million gallons of water.
  • As of 2017, 36 villages have graduated and 24 villages actively participate in Krishi Jyoti projects.

Krishi Jyoti succeeds because the partnership is deep and reciprocal. Each organization and community contributes unique skills and resources to advance our shared goals. By leveraging Mosaic India’s agronomic expertise and the Sehgal Foundation’s community-led rural development model, Krishi Jyoti has achieved demonstrated and sustainable success for a decade.


Check Dams 101

For many communities, check dams—small structures constructed across a waterway—reduce water flow velocity to reduce soil erosion and create small reservoirs. For regions that experience only periodic rainfall, check dams provide critical, ongoing access to water. Krishi Jyoti has supported the construction of six check dams that capture and store rainwater, which feeds the underground aquifer, recharges groundwater levels, and pushes back salinity so that water can be used for drinking and irrigation. Together, the check dams have directly and indirectly benefited more than 46,000 people with a total reservoir capacity of 30 million gallons.