Himalayee Paryavaran Shiksha Sansthan (HPSS)

Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group


Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 30 Mar 2015

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Uttarakhand with its fragile ecosystem is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate-mediated risks. In June 2013, Uttarakhand was severely hit by heavy rain induced flash floods and landslides resulting in loss of innumerable lives, property, infrastructure and the shock which is still grappling number of people of the affected regions. Uttarakashi being one of the 4 districts (Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Uttarakashi) which was highly affected by the disaster in 2013, in which the villages selected were also affected by the disaster. People lost their home, land, livestock, Productive assets and means of livelihood.  So, it is quite imperative to map and address the issues faced by the villagers and farmers of this region & take initiative for livelihood recovery of affected community specially small & marginal farmers. 

Post disaster, the primary focus & need of the people of the proposed project area is to revive their existing livelihood which predominantly is agriculture & livestock rearing. So, restoration of existing agriculture & adding value to it by making it more climate resilient would be the prime focus of the project. Men & women will be organized in informal groups & will be capacitated on climate resilient agricultural practices, goat rearing & revival of skilled enterprise. Input support will be given by the project to restore their existing agriculture


About the Project: 

The Project will be directly working with 1173 farmers covering 16 villages of Dunda & Bhtwari Block of Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand for Livelihood recovery of disaster affected communities. The program incorporates both the men & women marginal farmers of the program area and includes Schedules Castes of 22% and Other Backward Class of 60%. Women farmers’ representation in the project is 78%.  The Project focuses on revival of affected communities existing livelihoods which predominantly is agriculture & livestock rearing, specially goat rearing and revival of skilled entrepreneurs’ livelihoods. So, restoration of existing agriculture & adding value to it by making it more climate resilient would be the prime focus of the project. Men & women will be organized in informal groups & will be capacitated on climate resilient agricultural practices. Men & women will be organized in informal groups & will be capacitated on climate resilient agricultural practice. Marginal farmers who were involved in goat rearing & whose livelihood is drastically affected by the disaster will be supported to restore their existing livelihood of goat rearing. To promote improved breed in goat, Buck enterprises will be promoted to provide support to other farmers in breed improvement. “ Pasu Shakhi” –women veterinary entrepreneurs will be promoted & trained to provide services to target community. To revive the livelihoods of entrepreneurs like blacksmith, carpenter & plumbers quality tools & training will be provided. Farmers interface with gov departments after developing village livelihood recovery plan will be done to advocate and ensure convergence & linkages with Gov. schemesDuring the project Small & Marginal farmers will become skilled, knowledgeable and acquire more resilience to climate changes by adopting low cost eco-friendly techniques required for promotion climate resilient crops & adapted to live sustainably with the fragile ecosystem of Himalayas.


Results to be Achieved / Impact: 

The project impacts are 

•1173 Disaster affected families of 16 villages restored their livelihoods.

•800 farmers recovered livelihood options through climate resilient agricultural practices

•300 farmers adopted commercial vegetable cultivation with improved package of practices & new technologies

•Income enhancement of  60% farmers by 25% 

•10 villages restored existing water bodies & irrigation systems directly benefitting 500 families

•Small & Marginal farmers have become skilled, knowledgeable and acquired more resilience to changes in climatic conditions.

•300 women farmers are doing goat rearing with improved breed 

•fodder plantation developed in 16 villages benefitting 800 women farmers in reducing drudgery , 

•6 buck enterprise established & extending support to  300 goat rearing families

•5 “Pashu Sakhi” promoted & capacitated to support goat rearing 

•Revival of livelihoods of 50 skill enterprises like blacksmith, carpenter, plumber etc.

•Strong & vibrant groups with good governance & effective working system  formed 

•Better co-ordination & easy accessibility with government line departments, financial, market & technical  institutions, etc.


Outcomes: We have so far achieved (Achievements):

1.Promotion of 30 women farmers groups 

2.Village level plan developed for 5 villages for convergence with government schemes

3.300 women farmers capacitated on CRA practices through FFS, demonstration, training & exposures

4.250 farmers adopted SWI technologies which has enhanced productivity of wheat.

5.150 farmers adopted organic vegetable cultivation

6.Goat rearing promoted with 20 marginal community

7.5 pasu sakhi promoted to support 100 goat rearing families of the project area

8.80 farmers got seeds from agricultural department through convergence

9.150 women farmers were supported for fodder plantation so that they can have easy access to fodder during lean periods

10.15 families were supported through equipments for revival of their traditional enterprises.

11.Irrigation channels revived in 4 villages to support irrigation facility of 150 farmers

12.3 buck enterprises promoted to support goat rearing in project area.

13.Environment built for convergence & mobilizing funds from government schemes through interfaces & workshops with Gov officials