Jeevika’s intervention in Sustainable Agriculture began in 2008 when we heard about the System of Rice Intensification. Since our area has a large acreage under paddy production and over 40% of the families of the 10,000 women organized through us into the independent microcredit federation “Swayamsampurna” are involved with agriculture, it made sense for us to take up this activity. Also, in the heavily patriarchal world of agriculture, we insisted on the involvement of women farmers and employed women as trainers. Implements supplied through our intervention are looked after by community farm implement committees with 50% women members. And over 50% farmers registered with us in each season are women farmers. Over the past years the programme has covered around 1200 farmers, and has indirectly influenced around twice that number. The average yield of paddy was and continues to be 3.6 tons per hectare; with SRI we have been able to increase this to 5.4 tons per hectare at slightly lower total cost of production.