Prastutee

Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2016

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Introduction

Odisha State is located in the eastern part of the India, one of the tribal dominated states. Tribals constitute about 22 percent of the State’s total population.  Out of 635 tribal communities in India, 62 are found in Odisha and 13 are particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG). The state has the third largest concentration of tribal population comprising 9.66 percent of the total tribal population of our country. The state also has a high poverty concentration in the tribal districts. Though the poverty rate in the state has been declined by 20.2 percent from 57.2 percent in 2004-05 to 37 percent in 2009-10, it is still at 70 percent for the tribals. Ironically, the acute poverty habitations are in the tribal dominated districts of Odisha. These districts have a strong resource base and occupy prominent position in the Natural Resource map in the country. The State, as well as the country, benefits highly by earning a huge revenue into the state exchequer. In turn, these communities suffer from lack of sustainable livelihood opportunities leading to high poverty and malnutrition.  Depletion of forest coverage and sustained income from Non-Timber Forest Produce as well as land alienation by the external stakeholders take place in the area which makes these groups multiple vulnerable in their socio-economic life pattern. It is realized that low standard of living of these agriculture and forest dependent tribal groups limits to have rights based dialogue with the external stakeholders.

About the Project: 

Looking at the broad spectrum of issue related to the socio-economic status of the tribals, the project aims to make an intervention on strengthening livelihoods of the tribals through enhancing their capacity for increased production and access to the inputs and extension services provided by the administration from time to time. At the same time, proposed intervention will also focus on creating systematic supply chain of vegetable products in the project area. The main aims of the project are to:

  • encourage the tribal women to undertake vegetable cultivation in their backyard and cultivable common lands; 
  • organise them into producers groups; building their skills and capacities on how to increase in vegetable production, market and entrepreneurship development; 
  • facilitate these producers groups to access inputs and institutional credit support for vegetable production; and 
  • establish linkages with the mainstream institutions for institutional market networks dealing with vegetables and farm products.

Results to be Achieved

  • Tribal women will have their skills to prepare the business plan, negotiate with the market players to enhance the income of the households;
  • Greater accessibility towards the inputs and extension services for the tribal households in the project location- all the target households would have got the benefits from the government provisioned farm based schemes;
  • Increased direct contact of the women primary producers with the urban based market outlets/representatives;
  • Greater capacity and skills of the primary producers to negotiate with the large market players;
  • Clear, profitable. Farm based income generation model established for wider replication by the government in other tribal areas;