This project is undertaken in six low economy districts of Odisha that have a long history of poverty. The objective is to augment the livelihood practices of 8016 families through community resilient farming systems to climate change by 2015.
Odisha state has the highest amount of rural poverty in the whole of India. Around 62% of Odisha’s total workforce depends on agriculture and allied sectors for employment and sustenance. It is the second most tribal dense state in India, with more than 22% of its population being tribal. The project proposes to work in the districts of Bolangir, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Koraput, Nayagarh, and Rayagada. These districts comprise of communities dependent on either agriculture or forests for their living. The partners involved will try to address poverty problems diverse in nature and extent. The primary objective is to ensure food & Nutrition Security among target group by enhancing income of 8016 families through resilient farming systems to climate change by the year 2015.
The project aims to ensure food and nutrition security among tribal, Dalits, and other backward families in south and central Odisha by enhancing production and income of 8016 families through community resilient farming systems to climate change by the year 2015. In order to to ensure food and nutrition security through Institutional Process for Learning, and Management of Common Resources, the project will focus on the following: • Community Mobilization and Group Formation • Knowledge Building on Sustainable Livelihoods • Management of Individual and Community Assets • Scaling Up of Successful Interventions • Demonstration effect and Engagement with other Stakeholders • Influence Benign Policy towards Livelihoods Security Promotion of Climate Adaptive Sustainable Livelihoods System through • Sustainable Farm, Forestry, and Fishing intervention • Soil and Water Conservation • Micro and Village based Enterprise Promotion by Value Addition • Nutrition, Water and Sanitation Awareness • Non Farm Intervention – Individual and Groups • Demonstrative Sustainable Energy Interventions for Potential Scale Up The project would focus women’s involvement in the intervention. The project strategy would be to promote and strengthening CBOs like Women’s SHG, farmer’s club, produce’s group, village development committee and cooperative society based on the local context and needs. In the CBOs, more than 50 % would be women and play vital role in access and control over assets and services at household and community level.
The beneficiaries belong to Schedule Tribe (ST), Schedule Caste (SC), Fisher folk and social excluded communities in the target villages. The project will be implemented by a network of 4 NGO partners (UDYAMA, NIRMAN, VIEWS and RCDC). As a network there is strength of numbers, scale, ability to influence and moreover learnings from each others’ successes and failures.
The project will significantly affect the lives of CBOs/SHG members in their income generation activities, livelihood security and self employability. It will strengthen the target communities’ income generation opportunities through tools and capacity building support. It is expected that the program participants will continue the livelihood practices, which directly contribute to increased family income. Further, the groups will continue to access resources from financial and government agencies through the linkages created under the project. Partners plan to continue the project with the help of income generated from the Producer cooperatives consisting of various producer groups and the external support received from government programs and other agencies. Partners will continue to play an active role to facilitate the CBOs/SHGs to strengthen links with government schemes and projects so as to generate the required assistance. Internal income will be generated from membership fees, donations and revenue generated from community based institutions. The project will promote Producer Cooperative/groups with objective of sharing information, conducting training, providing financial and non financial services to its members. The Society, on the completion of the project, plans to raise its own funds through membership development fees, nominal fees charged for its services to the groups, benefit events, grants from the government and ICCO in future. The revenue generated will cover the Producer Cooperative’s/groups operating expenses as well as minimal support to the groups created under the project.
Contribute to ensure sustainable livelihoods for marginalized communities in South and Central Odisha