About Us

Action for Food Production (AFPRO) is an “Organization of National Importance” duly notified by the Government of India; committed to transforming the lives of poor and marginalized communities in rural India since 1966. We provide socio-technical services in the areas of Water, Sanitation, Watershed Management, Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture, Livelihood Diversification, and Climate Change for effective management of natural resources. AFPRO is registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI 1860.


The Aim of the Society is development of weaker sections of rural community and to move towards sustainable development through overall increase in their knowledge and skills, in the areas which directly affect their standard and quality of life.


AFPRO as a secular socio-technical development organization with Christian inspiration visualizes itself as working to enable the rural poor – including women and men belonging to small and marginal farmers and the landless, dalits, tribal people, fisher folk and unemployed youth – to move towards sustainable development, through and overall increase in their knowledge and skills in areas that directly affect their standard and quality of life. It visualizes itself as an organization which over the next decade will enable the marginalized rural groups to achieve enhanced socioeconomic and personal status in society through appropriate technologies for the management of natural resources.



AFPRO dedicates itself to its mission of alleviating rural poverty by promoting and working through voluntary organizations; with a focus on enabling the marginalized and weaker sections of rural society to participate in the process of rural development by strengthening their resource base and capabilities through improved knowledge and skills, both in the technical and socioeconomic development areas.


The 1960s is remembered in the history of India for some of the worst droughts. Geographically, the droughts covered western and central indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and  Maharastra. Here it was meeting the demand of water for drinking and irrigation (food Production) that drove the conceptualization and formation of a technical support organization called AFPRO, an acronym for Action for Food Production. An outcome of a national level consultation, a group of five organizations shaped our formation – Indian Social Institute (ISI), Indo- Global Social Service Society (IGSSS), Catholic Charities India, now known as Caritas India, Committee on Gift Supplies (CORAGS) established by the National Christian Council of the Protestant Churches of India and OXFAM.

AFPRO’S Evolution

AFPRO evolution in phases

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