Reducing vulnerability in agrarian distressed regions of Maharashtra

The Vidharbha region of Maharashtra, distributed across 11 districts (Yavatmal, Akola, Amravati, Wardha, Buldhana, Washim, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gadchiroli and Gondia), is known to face severe agrarian distress. ‘Convergence of Agricultural Interventions in the distressed districts of Maharashtra’ (CAIM) is collaboration between Government of Maharashtra (GoM), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) to develop six of the most distressed districts of this region. As part of the programme, two rainfed clusters, distributed across 10 villages of Yavatmal district, received support from us. The approach recommended under this programme is an improvement in livelihoods through … Continue reading

Ensuring Food Security through Community Participation in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh

The vision of the National Food Security Act is governed by the objective to ensure that every individual has access to predefined minimum quantities of food required for a health living. While, the act adopts the approach of provision of food grains at subsidized rates to priority households, alternate approaches to food security have been explored under a programme titled ‘Empowering 2000 women and adolescent girls through homestead cultivation in Rapar block of Kutch District’; ‘Self reliant and sustainable development of women and children in rural areas and Training farmers in advanced farming techniques’ and ‘Addressing Household level Food Security … Continue reading

Promoting Diversion based Irrigation Systems (DBIS) in rainfed areas

2000 acres brought under Protective Irrigation The Millennium Development Goalsaccord high priority to poverty and hunger through proportionate reduction in people living Below the Poverty Line and those who face chronic hunger. Programmes introduced by the Government of India to meet these goals have all relied on income generation as the recommended approach. Demonstrating this approach, an innovative project in the rainfed areas of Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam and Odisha is implemented in collaboration with Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) and a network of implementing partners. Titled ‘Enhancing Livelihoods through Diversion Based Irrigation Systems (DBIS)’, the project is implemented in … Continue reading

Strengthening Livelihoods through Development of Water Resources

According to Economic and Human Development Indicators for the state of Chhattisgarh, over 12 million people have been categorized as poor. Supporting the state in its efforts to bridge this development deficit is a lead role taken by a Non State actor working in Chhattisgarh. Through a project titled ‘Jalgram Pariyojna’ we initiated processes of development in four tribal villages of Korba district, Chhattisgarh in collaboration with Bharat Aluminum Corporation Ltd andNational Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Here the focus of the project has been on development of water resources including the harvesting of rainwater in farm ponds, … Continue reading

Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF)

The Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) is an effort to bridge the development divide through decentralization of planning processes. Participatory in nature, local communities and the institutional mechanism at the bottom rung of the Panchayati Raj system are assigned central roles in the Programme. As Technical Support Institution to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the Planning Commission, we supported and guided District Planning Committees (DPCs)/Zilla Parishads in preparation of District Plans (Perspective and Annual Plans). The 15 districts supported for Plan Preparation are located in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jkarkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. … Continue reading

Monitoring & streamlining convergence of NREGA with other ongoing schemes

NREGS Act is a time bound employment guarantee scheme whereby adult members of rural household willing to do public related unskilled manual work at the statutory minimum wage are provided a legal guarantee for 100 days of employment for each financial year. The right based and demand driven approach with its legal framework, has marked a paradigm shift in the mode wage employment programme was pursued in India and has been contributing towards significant reform in such programmes. Many studies indicate that giving preference to employment creation over the creation of durable productive assets under NREGS seems to have resulted … Continue reading

Better Cotton Initiative in India

Cotton is one of the most important fiber and cash crop of India and plays a dominant role in the industrial and agricultural economy of the country. Cotton in India provides direct livelihood to 6 million farmers and about 40 -50 million people are employed in cotton trade and its processing. Indian cotton production is heavily associated with the intensive use of hazardous pesticides.

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Live Better with the Flood

The green revolution in wheat and rice, white revolution in milk, yellow revolution in oilseed and the “blue revolution” in fisheries have augmented the food basket of the country. But many technological challenges remain. First, despite the shrinking share (23%) of the agricultural sector in the economy, the majority of the labour force (nearly 60%) continues to depend on agriculture…

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