Developing Climate Resilient Livelihood and Community Resource Institutions by Integrated Ecosystem Management Approach
The project aimed to build a hands-on community-based climate resilient livelihood models with an ecosystem management approach in flood-prone areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, with a focus on small and marginal women farmers.
The overall approach adopted under the project was improvising and strengthening the ecosystem for the betterment of income and livelihood options and opportunities for small and marginal women farmers. The project initiated systems of climate and disaster resilient crops and livelihoods which can be replicated at the local level. Developing and capacitating community resource institution was the key approach adopted.
Following were the major impacts of the project:
- 1,980 farmers learnt the techniques of intensive vegetable farming with time and space management approaches and got an average incremental income of Rs 24, 550 per farmer
- 1,432 farmers were given the demonstration of agro-forestry
- 1,706 families directly benefitted from the kitchen garden enrichment while 605 farmers adopted this practice and saved Rs 435/- per family per month
- 1,413 farmers used recycled organic matter and saved Rs 1520/- per month on an average
- The project also encouraged women participation through the formation of 80 Self Help Groups. They were able to save Rs 7, 79, 987 and were able to manage their credits, loans and interests
- 25 village level experts took the charge of Farmer Facilitation Centres which provided a platform for collective farming and marketing
- 1,263 farmers were linked to government schemes and programmes
- Newsletter was published on innovative farming techniques with an aim of wider dissemination. It reached 11, 287 farmers
- Plantation of high value crops like Banana, Turmeric and Onion were promoted