SWARDS aim at increasing access to agricultural technologies, natural resources, financial services and value chains. A major crosscutting objective is to share knowledge and learning on poverty reduction and nutrition security – with a focus on tribal communities, smallholder farming households, landless people, women and unemployed young people.


SWARDS is increase investing in the commercialization of small farmers agriculture and building the capacity of small farmers to enhance their incomes from new market opportunities. Projects have facilitated innovative partnerships between small farmers and good marketing facilities private-sector companies


The projects focus on strengthening local people's ability to manage their own development. These interventions follow fully participatory planning and implementation processes – ensuring that they are truly demand-driven and client oriented, in line with indigenous knowledge and the capacities of participants. Through SWARDS 's investment in creating and strengthening grass-roots organizations such as self-help groups, and its support for the federation of such groups over time, the rural poor have gained greater bargaining power for access to services, inputs and markets.


Women Empowerment refers to increasing and improving the social, economic, political and legal strength of the women, to ensure equal-right to women. Women empowerment helps women to control and benefit from resources, assets, income and their own time, as well as the ability to manage risk and improve their economic status and wellbeing. Many of the barriers to women's empowerment and equity lie ingrained in cultural norms. Many women feel these pressures, while others have become accustomed to being treated inferior to men. Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities. SWARDS implemented projects have empowered rural women to gain a greater voice in decision-making and resource allocation for development programmes and projects. Innovative efforts, such as have removed constraints that keep women from using their full potential for rural development. Forming women's groups has proven an effective way to reduce gender based violence, change social attitudes and enable women to start up small businesses. Projects have also emphasized enhancing access to financial services for women – for example, by linking women's self-help groups with commercial banks. SWARDS has initiated in empowering women to participate in economic life is essential to build stronger financial management, achieve goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
Treat all women and men fairly at work—respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
Promote education, training and professional development for women
Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality


Projects implemented by SWARDS have contributed to enhancing the livelihoods of many tribal communities. These locally driven interventions aim to improve natural resource management, enhance access to land, improve agricultural production and expand vocational skills. The success of these projects has led to recent attempts to reach out to the most disadvantaged tribal communities, known as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups. In many cases, SWARDS -supported programmes and projects have been a starting point for larger development initiatives. Many successful models, piloted by SWARDS projects, have now been scaled up by state governments and other development partners.