Socio- Economic Impact
Socio-economic impacts of the Bhungroo are manifold:
- Reverse Migration: 132 units of Bhungroo emancipated more than 6100 poor farmers from yearly migration to cities, as a result of which they have regained their land, many for the first time after India’s independence.
- It provides food security and sustainable livelihoods to 20,000+ marginal farmers (with over 100,000 dependent family members) in India.
- Income generation: From year one, increase in yearly family income of beneficiary farmer was recorded to be from USD 210 to USD 700, and in the last 5 years, 500% increment in family incomes has been noted.
- Food security guarantee to a total of 6550 BPL members. All beneficiary families are now food secure for the whole year.
- Each family is able to buy at least two milch animals and one cow, leading to extra earning through allied sector development. Other similar asset building activities have also seen an increase in the community, leading to creation of local economic opportunities.
- Community members have transformed themselves from agricultural casual labourers to cultivators.
- The community has also learnt intercropping and practicing better agri-
- A reduction in school-dropout rates has been noted, especially for girl children, mainly due to better family income.