About The SPARK

Society for Promotion of Agricultural Research Knowledge (SPARK), a national NGO has been playing a catalytic role in enhancing and sustaining the agricultural productivity by addressing the process of degradation of land and other related natural resources in partnership with practicing farmers.  SPARK engages in farmer participatory adaptive research and technology transfer, impact assessment, and interactive dialogue to facilitate informed actions for promoting production system based sustainable agriculture. The team collects, assesses, and reports evidence-based research data that incorporates the voices and views of rural communities and demonstrates the results on farmers’ fields. SPARK team works together with the farmers towards sustainable management of natural resources, enhancing and sustaining the tree-crop-livestock productivity at less costs through Conservation agriculture practiced in watershed approaches.

 Mission and Approach

SPARK’s mission is “to produce more at less cost and maintain the health of our soils”. Adding more chemical inputs to the soil, without addressing other parallel concerns of soils, is futile. Research outputs have clearly indicated that inclusion of 3M’s namely, Organic Matter, Soil Microbes and  capacity is critical in arresting and reversal of soil degradation processes. SPARK ‘s mission tries to promote tree-crop-livestock interactions for sustaining and enhancing farm productivity achieved through Conservation Agriculture, practiced on watershed platforms.

  SPARK Activities

Since its inception, SPARK has been playing a catalytic role in improving soil health through reduced burning of the residues of the previous season crops, promoting a paradigm shift in tillage and crop establishment research through conservation agricultural practices in partnership with grassroots non-government organisations (NGOs) and research / academic institutions. SPARK’s focus is on securing new knowledge and technologies from advanced institutions, related policies and programmes of the governments, share the same with farmers for main streaming. Its broad organizational strategies are:

  • Farmers Participatory Approaches – especially in production of seed of improved crop cultivars in seed villages and improve seed replacement rates.
  • Farmers participatory adaptive research in agricultural production technology assessment, and refinements for climate change resilient agriculture in villages
  • Training to the farmers for resource conservation technologies that help them “produce more at less costs”, timely planting of crops and improve soil health. SPARK promotes conservation agriculture practices amongst farmers in all its programs of seed production and seed multiplication, Demonstration plots on conservation agriculture, and climate change resilient agriculture in village programs.
  • Collect and document farmers’ views for development of appropriate contingency plans for the drought/flood affected districts
  • Procure / Secure quality seed germplasm appropriate to targeted agro-climatic zones, affected by floods/ droughts in Bihar, and distribute the same amongst farmers.

Objective of SPARK:

  • To contribute in the development of productive, sustainable, and equitable agriculture and rural development.
  • To work in partnership with farmers, toward their empowerment, building on their indigenous knowledge systems and for environmental awareness.
  • To undertake projects and assignments for carrying out research and development, to impart training and to bring out journals, newsletters and other publications in furthering the promotion of agricultural research and knowledge.
  • To serve as a link betweenthe scientific community and other organizations in support of developing a framework for agricultural research aimed at alleviating poverty, achieving food security and sustainable use of natural resources, for rural up liftment and environmental protection.
  • To undertake tasks for the identification of priority research and development projects through suitable mechanisms, and to execute including collaborative projects in transferring technology from national agricultural research systems and other R&D organizations.

To conveneseminars, symposium, meetings, workshops, panel discussions etc periodically for exchange of information in order to identify emerging challenges, and prepare policy guidelines and programs in the field of agricultural research and development either independently or jointly or on behalf of the organizations of national and international repute.

To the list we need to add the auditor / CA and a legal advisor

Statutory Details about SPARK (Registration, TAN. PAN, FCRA, web page address, mail ID )

SPARK is Registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860; No. S-53271 of 2005.  The address of the SPARK registered office is:  G-9, Dilshad Colony, near Seemapuri Bus Stand, Delhi-110095, India

PAN No. AAFTS 7397 P

 

 SPARK Partnerships and Donors

NGOs Societies/ Farmers Organization/ Private sector

Centre for advancement of Sustainable Agriculture  (CASA)

NASC  Complex , Pusa New Delhi, 110012

National Agro Industries, Ludhiana

Dasmesh Mechanical Works, Malrkotla, Amargarh, Punjab  

 

Government Departments / Agencies

  • Department of agriculture and Cooperation (DAC), Ministry of Agric. & Farmer Welfare, GOI
  • National Food Security Mission, DAC, Govt. of India
  • Department of Agric. Govt of Bihar, Patna
  • Integrated Scheme of Oilseed, Pulses, Oil Palm and Maize (ISOPOM)
  1. Research and Academic Institutions
  • Rajendra Agricultural University , Pusa , Samastipur Bihar
  • Challenge Program on Climate change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAF) convened by

International Water Management Institute (IWMI, Sri Lanka) & CIMMYT Mexico

  • International Centre for Agricultural Research for Dryland Areas (ICARDA, Syria)
  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute, (ICAR) New Delhi
  • Cornell University, Tata -Cornell Initiative, USA