ACCESS instituted the Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition in 2009, in the memory of Late Sitaram Rao, a Director on the Board of ACCESS and one of the pillars of India's microfinance movement. The Competition was instituted as a pioneering initiative by ACCESS to identify and collate models and practices that have significantly contributed to livelihoods promotion of the poor in India. The Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition therefore aims at bringing together the collective intellect of the sector and assimilating innovative solutions, breakthroughs, good experiences and best practices that help in learning from diverse sector experience and impact poverty reduction. The Sitaram Rao Case Study Competition 2019 is being supported by Vaya Trusts.
The Case Study Competition is organized annually around a specific theme, under which entries are solicited, assessed and the 10 best case studies are brought together into a Case Study Compendium that is released at the Livelihoods India Summit. The theme for this year's Case Study Competition is Technology Solutions for Agricultural Advancement.
Indian agriculture has been the backbone of Indian economy and continues to remain the primary livelihood for more than half of India’s population. While technology has powered Indian agriculture time and again by helping overcome productivity stagnation, strengthening market linkages and enhancing farm management, with the increasing population and demand for better quality and higher quantity of ‘food, fibre and feed’, the performance pressure on agriculture is increasing significantly. The emergence of farm technologies integrated with a robust information and communication technology (ICT) like satellite imagery, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain technology, Machine Learning and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) hold tremendous new potential to both positively impact agricultural performance and enhance farmers’ incomes.
For 2019, the Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition invites cases from across the country that provide evidence of technology solutions that are impacting farmers to strengthen their livelihoods and participate more effectively in value chains and earn incremental incomes.
The cases could pertain to experiences that are harnessing technologies which enable farmers in one or more of the following areas: