The Deccan Development society is projecting a working model for the people-oriented participative development in the areas of food security, ecological agriculture, and alternate education. It is also trying to reverse the historical process of degradation of the environment and people’s livelihood system in this region through a string of land related activities such as Perma-culture, Community Grain Bank, Community Gene Fund, Community Green Fund and Collective Cultivation through land Lease etc. These activities, along side taking on the role of Earth care is also resulting in Human Care, by giving the Women a new found dignity and profile in their village communities. The Society is trying to relocate the people’s knowledge in the area of Health and Agriculture.

Dalit Watersheds

This programme was conceived as equity based model and as an alternative to area based watershed approach, with the overall objective of Creation of a new Watershed Model targeted entirely for the poor.


Village Medicinal Commons – a three year balance sheet (updated 1-June, 2002)
The Medicinal Plants Project of DDS supported by Find Your Feet was started in 1996.


Childcare is an important area of concern. All the DDS women work during the day; spending nearly 8-10 hours every day in family farms or as hired labour in farms. Because of the taxing working hours these women have expressed a need for someone to take care of their children during their absence. The DDS balwadis cater to this need.

Food Security : Four Major Steps

A look back at the DDS work with the women and agriculture gives us a clear indication on the direction we have moved in to ensure food security for the poor and the dalits.

Womens' Media
Women in DDS
  • Women Sangams
    The Village sanghams, voluntary associations of the poor women, are the base of DDS. Most of these sanghams are basically formed by Dalit women but not to the exclusion of the poor women from a wide array of castes from Muslims to Gollas, Tenugus to Mangalis, Reddys to Sakalis.
  • Shelter for Single Women
    The need to set up a safe home for women and girls arose, when the sangha members shared their problems of violence against women, and forced child marriages of girls aged 10-12 years.
  • Community Media Trust
    In a pathbreaking exercise 10 Dalit women of Andhra Pradesh were trained in wielding the video camera. More importantly these women have been handed over the ownership of this tool to voice their opinions and grievances.
Campaigns & Workshop
Biodiversity Festivals

Vermi Compost
The objective of this programme is both the enable women’s groups to become eco-entrepreneurs as well as bridging the gaps in the availability of the bio fertilisers for use in the farmlands of the sangham members.

Research Studies
Organic Market

It is a cooperative venture started by the Women Sangam members living in 70 villages around Zaheerabad, with lofty ideals. This was started on 7th November an auspicious Diwali day in the year 1999. It is registered in the name of Deccan Development Society Mutually Aided Credit Cooperative Society Ltd (DDS MACCS) under MACCS Act

Café Ethnic

Café Ethnic an Organic Millet Restaurant was inaugurated on 26th January, 2004 at Zaheerabad by Prof. Laxma Goud, an eminent international artist & son of Medak and formerly Dean of Fine Arts, University of Hyderabad.

Humane Efforts
EU Forum in Berlin June 2007
Balance Sheet