Association for Rural Planning and Action

Arpan is a grassroots voluntary organisation committed to work with, amongst and for the excluded and marginalised sections of the society, placing the issue of women’s human rights in the centre of all its efforts. It is based at picturesque Helpia village near Askot, a small Himalayan town in Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand, India.

Stories from the Field

Thumbnail Tanuja, a 27-year-old Dalit woman farmer from village Gaira Gaon, Baluakot, lives with her husband, father-in-law and two children. Husband Kesar Ram was working in a Hotel in Bangalore since past five years. During lockdown he lost his job and was not being able to return home due to high expenditure on travel. Kesar managed to come back home...


Thumbnail Women’s land and forest rights is one of the burning issues of women in the region. The women rights and women farmers’ collectives have been voicing their concerns since long. Recent happenings at the state and national level have further marginalised the community whose livelihood and very existence and dignity is from land and...
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Community Based Organisation

Seed Bank

seed bankWomen farmer collectives from 15 villages of District Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand have minimised the impact of constantly changing climate by preserving their local seeds of both grains and local vegetables.


Single Women Collective

single women collectiveWomen rights groups formed in more than 30 villages assert their rights to live a life with dignity, gender equality and equity, for self and others. Women leadership has emerged and has been strengthened.