Jan Vikas Sansthan (JVS)

Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

The Project area is situated at a height of 800 to 2500 meters above sea level in the hill state of Uttarakhand. About 68% of the area is under forest cover and rest 32% is under agriculture and non-agriculture land. Most of the area is mainly dependent on rainfed agriculture (91%) and hardly 9% of the area is having irrigation facility through streams. Farmers in the region are small and marginal with fragmented small holdings. In the hills most of the land comes under the sloppy terrain with contour type of cultivation. The Low productivity of land with reduced crop production and labor intensive work with increased input costs is making agriculture a less viable occupation among the youths and thereby forcing for migration for alternative livelihood options. With the migration of male members to other places agriculture is left with the women of the households in the region and as a resulting in increased work-load. Moreover, the overall changes in climate are causing an adverse impact to the livelihood of the farmers of the region. This calls for an approach geared towards developing of sustainable climate resilient agriculture practices and building new technological intervention to mitigate the impact of drudgery on women.

Impact by partner
  • Increased community capacities towards adaptive agriculture practices
  • Enhanced household income & saving with adoption of low external input sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Better linkages and successful advocacy towards leveraging government subsidies & schemes to ensure farmer’s access to improved climate adaptive technologies & implements.

Case Study

Name:- Vishambar Shah

Age:- 50 years

Vishambar Shah is a small farmer with a family consisting of wife, three sons, two daughter-in-laws and three grand children. He has very less agriculture land to only sustain the food for 1-2 months for his family. The male members of the family are dependent on the daily wage labor for the livelihood in rest of the months. JVS with Oxfam supported Vishambar Shah with a croiler unit of 20 chicks and also linked him with other institutions for the convergence of schemes and benefits. The support of JVS has further helped in expansion of the unit. The program also supported the family with the construction of the vermin-compost pit and low tunnel poly house. Time to time capacity building on vegetable cultivation and exposure visits to Agriculture institutes was also organized. Different interventions have helped Vishambar Shah in getting monthly income of rupees 3000 per month by selling vegetables, eggs, chickens, vermin compost and worms. Thus the project intervention has brought significant change in the life of Vishambar shah and his family.