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 is a Not for Profit (NPO) established in 1966 as a secular Indian technical service organization and registered in 1967 under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 for providing social and technical support for upliftment of the weaker sections of society including the poor and the marginalized. We evolved over the next decades into a development organization initially providing technical and then social support. This evolution can be demarcated into four distinct eras – Welfare State, Growing Environmental Consciousness, Reform in Emergence and Market Oriented Globalization and Climate (of) Change. Each of these eras is characterized either by a unique focus or approach.