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Up-scaling Livelihood of Forest Communities

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been implementing a World Bank aided National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP). The overall objective of the NAIP is to facilitate an accelerated and sustainable transformation of the Indian agriculture so that it can support poverty alleviation and income generation through collaborative development and application of agricultural innovations by the public organizations in partnership with farmers’ groups, the private sector and other stakeholders. It focuses on developing well-tested models for applications of agricultural research and technology for profitability of farming, income generation and poverty alleviation.

NAIP has four main components. While Component-1, Component-2 and Component-4 focus on management change in the Indian NARS, research on production to consumption system and basic research on frontier areas respectively, the Component-3 focuses on research on sustainable rural livelihoods security.

AFC India Limited (AFC) has been recently awarded with a sub-project under Component-3 of NAIP namely ; “Up-scaling Livelihood of Forest Communities through enhanced farm productivity and efficient support systems in Godda District of Jharkhand”. The project will be implemented over a period of thee years starting from June, 2009 with AFC a Consortium Leader and Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Godda and Kasturba Mahila Vikas Kalyan Samiti, Godda as three other Consortium Partners.

The project objectives are :
1. Socio economical upliftment of forest based and forest fringe villagers through optimum utilization of resources by efficient management and technological interventions
2. To test the options available for up-scaling livelihood status of forest based and forest fringe communities through Small and Medium Enterprises.
3. To build the capacity and skills through training of stakeholders on improved practices of Agriculture, Horticulture, Apiculture, Sericulture, Microfinance and Supply Chain Management
4. To develop institutional mechanism among the stakeholders for adopting the innovative approaches and establishing marketing linkage to the local community for income generation activity

It is proposed to undertake the task in two forest ranges of Godda and Sunderpahari comprising 3000 house holds as two clusters. It is also proposed to create 200 Self Help Groups in both the clusters. All the beneficiaries will be from forest based and forest fringe areas and majority of them are tribes.