Arropando Vidas which means Clothing Lives is a CSR initiative of UPL Mexico and is being carried out since 2015. “Arropando Vidas” is a winter campaign which consists of collecting blankets and winter clothes donated by the employees / collaborators of UPL with matching donation from UPL Mexico. During this season Mexico registers low temperatures. The collected blankets and winter clothes were donated to 60 people from the community of Tierra Blanca, Guanajuato which is one of the most vulnerable community in the Mexico.
In addition to what was collected by the collaborators, UPL supported by purchasing blankets so that more community gets benefited. This year employees contributed 65% and 35% was contributed by UPL Mexico.
The Arropando Vidas was started in 2015 and this is the 4th consecutive year of supporting most vulnerable community in the Mexico.
Advanta Supply chain team organised a CSR programme at 3 schools of production villages of Jalna (Maharastra) production centre. Team is doing such CSR work in other clusters also. A brief on CSR programme by Advanta Supply chain team
The programme was for wider engagement on farm child labour through distribution of bags and water bottles for students from village school. Apart from distribution of bags and water bottle the topic of child labor was taken and discussed with all stakeholders like a) Farmers b) School teachers 3) Students 4) Village openion leaders 5) Panchayat members 6) Local press reporter etc.
The programme got extensive coverage in local media.
Sunflower is second most important crop in Tanzania with 600,000ha. But largely cultivated by small farmers and the crop is dominated by OPVs. Knowing the challenging task of working with small farmers Advanta team is working with several NGOs like FIPS, Aga Khan Foundation, AMDT and SNV etc in Africa to reach thousands of farmers. Team has started working with another NGO – Technoserve in Tanzania, training their farmers and Oil millers as part of capacity building. Technoserve is an NGO in Tanzania contracted by Agricultural Market Development Trust (AMDT) to build the knowledge and capacity of the Sunflower Farmers and Processors to grow and process Sunflower grains as well as Oil. A training programme was conducted on 14th November 2017 by Technoserve in collaboration with Advanta & Bytrade Tanzania Limited in Dodoma (Central Tanzania). The objectives were
- To build the knowledge and skills of the lead Sunflower Farmers as well as the oil processors about Hysun 33.
- To teach to CEZOSOPA (Central Zone Sunflower Oil Processors Association) staff and Processors about the Hysun 33 and they in turn will train the small farmers.
The training was attended by 28 lead Sunflower farmers and Oil Millers. As a follow-up to this training the farmers trained in this programme will in turn go to 93 villages in Dodoma Region and sensitise the small sunflower growers on the benefit of adapting Hysun 33 seeds. Once they have completed the capacity building they will work out the quantity of seeds required to be supplied to them and follow up with the seed deliveries. Five more such trainings are planned in other sunflower growing regions of Tanzania.
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World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2nd February of every year to commemorate the 1971 adoption of the “Convention on Wetlands or Ramsar Convention” held at Ramsar, Iran. The 2018 theme ‘Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future’ marks the role of wetlands in making cities and towns livable, through their role in groundwater recharge, buffering floods, filtering wastewater, enhancing landscape aesthetics, providing income generation opportunities and ultimately supporting well-being.
In the backdrop of the above, Nadiad Social Forestry Division of Gujarat Forest Department, UPL Sarus Conservation Project and N. V. Patel College of Pure and Applied Science, Vallabh Vidyanagar jointly organized Workshop at Pariej in association with educational institutions; Sardar Patel University, Sakhi Mandal Groups, SHG’s, NGO’s and Rural Sarus Protection Groups to raise awareness on importance of wetlands and Biodiversity conservation.
On this occasion Chief Guest Shri R.S. Ajara,Chief Conservator of Forests, Ahmedabad, inaugurated the workshop. Topics covered included lecture on Importance of Wetlands for Sustainable Urban Future, Urban Lakes and Wetlands: Opportunities and Challenges, and on Conservation of Wetland Dependent Species, A case study on Sarus crane. Around 155 participants participated in the programme which concluded by tying “Rakasha Sutra” to the trees at Pariej wetland.
Thirty farmers of “Rural Sarus Protection Group” were recognized by the Gujarat State Forest Department for the unpaid and motivated efforts put forth by these volunteers on saving the Sarus crane during nesting seasons for protection of eggs and juveniles from poaching and predation. They were honored with “Sarus Crane and Wildlife conservation Recognition Certificate and Shawl”. Besides seven people from Nature Health Foundation and forest department were also honored for their efficient role in resolving the leopard conflict in village Ghodasar.
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The UPL Vasudha Program – under the Nature Conservation Initiative, the CSR team organized a two day workshop “Training of Trainers” for Eco-Club Coordinators in partnership with GEER Foundation, Department of Social Forestry & Department of Education, Valsad, Gujarat from 27th December 2017 to 28th December 2017 at the UPL Centre for Agriculture Excellence – Nahuli and field trip was organized at social forestry site named “Gandeva” in Dang district of Gujarat. The Eco-Club Coordinators from various schools of the Vapi / Valsad district were invited to this workshop to take up the task of sensitizing school students for their role as future guardians of the rich natural resources of our country. The workshop consists of lectures, slide presentation, conservation activities, discussion on vulnerable species, i.e. on Sarus Crane, group discussion, etc. These workshops have provided an opportunity for teachers from different schools to stay together and interact with each other and with local students to fostering a spirit of national integration.
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National Farmer Day, Known as “Kisan Diwas” in India is celebrated in the honor of Chaudhary Charan Singh the 5th Prime Minister of India. Who propelled the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” led by our second Prime Minister. We celebrate Kisan Diwas every year to pay homage to such a great leader and to honor the great work done by the farmers of our country.
For UPL Farmer is first in all initiative and hence we decided to celebrate the farmers day (KISAN DIWAS) to extend our thanks to farmers for giving us food.
How UPL Pragati team Celebrated KISAN DIWAS
We invited 85 farmers from four location namely Ankleshwar Ahwa Kaprada and Vapi, to Vikram Farm, Nahuli. We organized training cum thanks programme for them.
In first session we welcome farmers and briefed them about Vikram Farm and all crop specific information. Session included best management and modern practices of agriculture. Effective management of water, labour and Agri. inputs. Then Dr. Jignesh Patel has discussed about Horticulture plantation & it’s importance in farming. Also he has given information about government schemes and support for farmers.
In second session, Mr. Tripathi and Mr. Pankaj from Vikram farm conducted field visit for our guest farmers. This was more practical understanding and exposure for innovative practices in agriculture. It was full of practical knowledge/experience sharing for farmers. Each and every query or questions of the farmers was answered on field itself.
In third session Mrs. Sandra Shroff has addressed farmers on different aspects of farming and offer a big thanks to them for feeding whole world. She also interacted with individual farmer to know more about their farming methods and their learning at Vikram Farm. Finally she honoured some progressive farmers for their best achievement/practices in agriculture production.
In the concluding session some progressive farmers have shared their experience with other farmers which they implemented in their own farm. Some of them stated Paddy cultivation through SRI method, some told about Sugar Cane cultivation, some spoke about drip irrigation and its benefit. The mutual exchange of knowledge and experience to each other was a wonderful exercise.
Finally we concluded the whole programme by extending our thanks to farmers for all the hard work they put in to feed INDIA.
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As a CSR initiative under Nature conservation we are working on conservation of SARUS Crane.
The UPL Sarus Conservation Project report was released by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in a Workshop on “Ecosystem Management, Nature Based Solutions and SDGs—Perspectives from South Asia” which was held on 4th Dec in New Delhi.
IUCN is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. IUCN is world’s largest and most diverse environmental network.
You can read / download UPL Sarus Conservation Report at https://www.uplonline.com/csr/UPL_Sarus_Conservation_Project_2017/index.html
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