AID India in collaboration with Center for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) recently organized a national Partners’ Conference in Hyderabad which 40 grassroots partner groups attended. The conference agenda packed 3 days of panel discussions on a wide variety of topics.
Panel sessions involved discussions of problems and interventions by each group as well as the exchange of solutions and ideas between groups. In the wake of the farmers suicides and the agrarian crisis, the need for sustainable agriculture and value addition at the producer level was emphasized. The Education panel highlighted the fact that since the public school system was attended mostly by the children of the poor, there was little incentive to improve the standard of these schools. So, many AID partners focus on creating improved education materials and holistic training methods. The Health panel focused on the efforts of a number of organizations to provide high quality, low cost healthcare in rural India where government healthcare systems are woefully inadequate.
A number of AID US volunteers participated in the conference. Aparna Limaye from AID Boise, remarked, “During the conference, I realized the importance and necessity of this effort. Everyone I spoke to requested that AID hold such conferences at least once every 2 years.”
To learn more about the work of various AID partners, please visit Channel AID on Youtube featuring videos of a number of partners describing their work.