Access Development Services

Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group


Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 30 Mar 2016

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The poor require steady flow of input supplies, technical support for enhanced productivity, new technologies for making production more efficient, advisory services on value addition possibilities, financial services and lastly market linkages. Further, for developing robust sustainable livelihoods models understanding the full value chain, starting from input purchase to selling in the market, too have become critical. After allocating huge resources to support poverty reduction programs also ensuring sustainable livelihoods to the poor remains a big challenge, given the large population of poor in India. 

In order to understand and assess the key issues and challenges that the sector faces and also to craft a vision and a strategy for its growth, ACCESS introduced the idea of annually organizing the Livelihoods India Initiative, a national platform on livelihoods with an aim at informing and influencing policy, showcasing best practices and addressing key challenges and issues faced by the sector. Oxfam India not only support the summit financially, but also participate in the Advisory Group meetings and help in organizing some of the sessions. This helps ACCESS in organizing the Conference expeditiously. Oxfam India’s experiences and contacts would enable ACCESS in carrying out the tasks successfully, and also in forging important partnerships in the sector.

Sharing of the experience and learning from each others’ experience helps to  optimize the use of resources, avoiding repeating similar mistake, and developing better understanding for poverty reduction and increasing food security through livelihood promotion.  In the present context, there are issues such as changing climate, reduction in development funds , growing interest and influence of private sectors on livelihood promotion- which has been experienced regionally. And in many cases all these issues needs to be tackled regionally. Considering this situation, last year Livelihood India Summit has been evolved to Livelihood Asia summit for increase south-south cooperation. Last year, summit succeed to get 62 international representative to the summit who added value to the summit by sharing their country experiences. Considering the success of the initiative, this year Livelihood Asia summit will try to increase outreach internationally and to strengthen the platform. 


About the Project: 

In this project, Oxfam India supports Livelihood Asia Summit initiative of ACCESS. The aim for the Livelihoods Asia Summit this year, 2015-16, is strengthening south-south cooperation at the Asia level.


Results to be achieved: 

  1. Building a sectoral platform for bringing together stakeholders for collation, analysis and dissemination of new generation approaches and models for livelihoods promotion of the poor in India
  2. Collecting experiences across the sectoral value chain on issues impacting livelihoods of poor in India through sharing and discussion
  3. Influence policy and strategies for improving livelihoods of poor in India
  4. Capacity of the Civil society has been built to take up the policy advocacy for poor


Prior Achievements:

➢Around 473 delegates including 62 international representatives representing a diverse set of stakeholders including government officials, policy makers, practitioners, representatives of multilateral/ bilateral agency and academicians attended the Livelihoods Asia Summit.

➢ More than 50 resource persons participated in 11 sessions across the 2-days.


Quotes of Beneficiaries: 

“No words will capture how happy I am with the Livelihoods India Conference. I think it has been a great success. The Livelihoods India Conference in my view was very enriching. The quality of discussions and the range of participants who attended were both of great quality.”- Participant, Civil Society Organization