NISHTHA promotes organic agriculture in the villages it serves through education and consciousness raising activities. NISHTHA's goal is to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, to stop the use of chemical pesticides, to make use of organic fertilizers such as compost, and to utilize mixed cropping instead of mono-cropping.
Women farmers within NISHTHA's service area were organized into 32 groups who fought for their recognition as qualified farm practitioners, for equal wages as agricultural labourers on par with males, for their rights to land ownership, and to practice market-independent agriculture. Learn about NISHTHA's organic farming programs.
In support of vocational training programs, NISHTHA studies the market potential of different trades, identifies local raw materials that are inexpensive and available, makes lists of viable trades that can be handled by women independently, and arranges for training and micro-financing in these trades. The training effort is partly sponsored by NISHTHA and partly by the government. They use women experienced in the trades as teachers who train adolescent drop-out girls, young married women and self-help groups in managing enterprises such as fish farming, pig, duck and poultry rearing, vegetable vending, rice product manufacturing, shop keeping, and stitching and tailoring.