The Project “Aowli” is based on Mokokchung district of Nagaland. The idea behind this project is to break the patriarchal norms by making them self- sufficient through farming activities and asserting participation in the women-only market managed by the women of the tribe leading to their economic independence. The women are engaged in poultry rearing and vegetable cultivation. This year the total lockdown in the villages have affected the market and the income of the people. The vegetables grown were consumed by themselves and some of the saplings also got damaged due to off-season rain. Some highlights of the project are:

  • 200 women from 4 villages are engaged in this project, they were engaged in poultry rearing and vegetable cultivation
  • Traditional farming methods, land use, use of bio fertilizers and natural manure, mixed cropping are some methods adopted by the farmers
  • The lockdown has affected the market this year and initially vegetables were consumed by themselves. There was some wastage as well. However, later on some arrangements were made by Watsu Mungdang to collect and buy the vegetables at the village gate.
  • During the lockdown, women from the project villages were involved in making face masks and its distribution

Recent Developments:

The women in Mukokchong area are mostly engaged in poultry rearing and vegetable cultivation.
Recently members of Aowli successfully distributed poultry items, feeds and medicine supplies to 50 beneficiaries in 7 Villages on 20th Oct 2021.
Here are some highlights from our recent team visit to Mokokchung in Nagaland on January 28th, 2022. The rationale behind the visit is to understand the ongoing activities as a part of the project Aowli. The idea behind this project is to break the patriarchal norms by making them self- sufficient through farming activities and asserting participation in the women-only market managed by the women of the tribe leading to their economic independence.
We visited a local market named Khar Aluyimer Bazaar near Masuh Mer Milak where we learnt that the market is a 24×7 which is based on trust purchase without the presence of a regular vendor. They mostly sells cabbages, broccolis, peas, leafy vegetables etc. Further our team interacted with 20 women farmers who are engaged in poultry farming. The women farmers shared that apart from selling vegetables they grew vegetables and does allied activities like watering, protecting their home grown from insects and selling their products to the nearby markets.
In the next phase a workshop was conducted on financial aspects of the project lead by Smriti Rekha Das (Finance & Operations Lead- FST) with the chairperson and officers of Nagaland Women Commission and Watsu Mungdang staffs.
Overall the visited reflected the prevailing conditions and participation of women in the farming practices in the area.