Jai Nanda devi Swarojgar Shikshan Sansthan (JANDESH)

Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group


Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 30 Mar 2016

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Uttarakhand is one of the poorest and the most climate sensitive mountainous state in India withthree-fourths of its total population dependent on agriculture. The area under cultivation is around 14.5 per cent with majority of the agriculture land is rain fed. There is growing evidence that suggests of observed changes in the temperature and soil moisture content having negative impact on the agricultural production of the state. Since the production greatly depends on favorable weather conditions, mainly on the monsoons interval and sufficiency, erratic monsoon quickly translates into huge crop losses – and subsequently threatens the food security of the people.  Nearly half of Uttarakhand population lives below the poverty line with majority of the people located in the hilly Districts prone to climate change compared to the plains. Rural poverty in Uttarakhand is estimated at 40.8%, urban poverty at 36.5% and total poverty at 39.6% (Source: Uttarakhand state perspective plan 2009-2027, Watershed Management Directorate, Dehradun and Annual Administrative Progress Report 2008-2009) 

The poor are dependent upon subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods, and climate change poses an additional risk to their livelihoods. Landslides, soil erosion, heavy rainfall, and degraded ecosystem directly affect their livelihoods with fewer alternatives to cope with these changes. Among the poor the most vulnerable are the women as they typically have disproportionate access to resources and opportunities – less pay for the same work as men, less access to schools, less access to health services, less social and political status than men. The changes in precipitation and temperature patterns affect the availability of fuel wood, fodder and drinking water. As women are directly responsible for collection of these resources for their daily needs at the household level, forced to walk long distances in search for the supplies with increased drudgery and stress conditions. 


About the Project: 

The project is implemented with a vision to Build Resilience and increased economic leadership of smallholders specifically women farmers in Uttarakhand. The project will be focusing primarily on bringing changes in the lives of the most vulnerable groups i.e., women, Dalits, and other socially deprived communities having limited resources to cope with newer challenges. The program will be disseminating awareness on the impact of climate change with an objective to improve lives and livelihood of the people, enhance access to resources, and to develop a region specific resilient agriculture practices through reviving of traditional crops and initiating a favourable market with better premiums for the produce. The program will be covering 1309 households of 15 villages of Joshimath Block of Chamoli District. 


Results to be Achieved / Impact: The project intend to achieve following results by the end of the year: 

•900 women farmers trained on CRA practices

•600 farmers adopted CRA practices

•3 seed banks & 3 support centers established

•300 farmers have access to agriculture inputs such as seeds, fertilizer, equipments etc.

•300  small holders especially women farmers are aware of the provisions of RKVY 

•100 small holders especially women farmers access the benefits from RKVY scheme.

•Community based monitoring system is instituted in at 2 of project villages.

•7 Farmers field school established

•200 women farmers are aware of National Food Security Act (NFSA) provisions

•300 women farmers have easy access to fodder 

•75 women farmers are using improved cooking stove 

•400  farmers are trained on disaster preparedness 


Outcomes: We have so far achieved (Achievements):

1.Promotion of 29 women farmers groups 

2.Establishment of 6 Farmers Field School to promote community led extension system in 7 villages

3.4 Seedbank & Support centers  established through which 200 women farmers have access to quality & timely seed & farm implements & agricultural  equipments

4.Village level plan developed for 6 villages for convergence with government schemes

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

6.150 farmers adopted organic vegetable cultivation

7.6 polyhouses constructed to support vegetable cultivation by quality sapling to 120 women farmers

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

9.200 farmers were capacitated on DRR & WASH practices 

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