CAIM Programme Area -  Six distressed districts of Vidarbha viz.

Akola, Amravati, Buldhana, Wardha, Washim and Yavatmal.


The Convergence of Agricultural Interventions in Maharashtra’s Distressed District Programme- CAIM is an exclusive programme for the poor farmers of the Vidarbha region. The overall goal of the project is ‘to contribute to the development of resilient production, sustainable and diversified households, on-farm and off-farm livelihoods, allowing households to face production and market risks without falling back into poverty and distress’.


Programme area includes the six distressed districts of Western Vidarbha i.e. Akola, Amravati, Buldana, Wardha, Washim and Yavatmal with a population of 11.2 million (1Crore 12Lakh), of which nearly the 45% population is Below Poverty Line (BPL). There are about 1.4 million farmers operating with an average farm size of 2.6 ha. Overall SC, ST and other Backward Class communities constitute two-thirds of the rural poor. Some 27% of them faced food insecurity. About 75% of the poor are landless; some 14% of them hold land less than 1 ha, mostly rainfed.

The projects’ target groups are the rural households belonging to (i) the Schedule Castes, (ii) the Schedule Tribes, (iii) landless labourers, (iv) the rural women, (v) the small & marginal farmers and (vi) the farmers under agrarian distress. 


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