Improving Access to Inputs Among Small-Holder Women Farmers
Agriculture Kiosks in India
The Pathways program seeks to increase poor women’s productivity and empowerment in more equitable agriculture systems at scale using a strong gender focus, working in the rural districts of Kalahandi and Kandhamal of Odisha State in India. To address agricultural input access disparities, the program tested an innovation that brings affordable inputs closer to farmers —agricultural kiosks. Pathways is working to close the input supply gap, using agricultural kiosks as sustainable providers of inputs and market information to assist farmers. Kiosks are placed in close proximity to villages and within access to well-paved roads, eliminating the burden of farmers traveling 25+ kilometers to blocks where they previously went to purchase inputs. This case study assesses the impact of agricultural kiosks on access to inputs among women farmers in India.