Chaupal Gramin Vikas Prashikshan Evan Shodh Sansthan (CHAUPAL)

Project Theme

Food Justice campaign

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Apr 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

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Introduction

Chaupal, led by Adivasi grassroot activist, is working in Surguja district from 2005 on the issues of right to food and right to work among the adivasis. With the support of Oxfam India, Chaupal started working on the right to natural resource management and livelihood with demanding implementation of FRA in the year 2012. Chaupal has succeeded in raising awareness, especially of Pahadi Korwa about the issue of forest rights, the FRA, and building communities’ capacity to control and manage their forest resources, by mobilizing the Gram Sabhas and other relevant community institutions. 

 

About the Project: 

In January 2013, Chaupal initiated the process of filing the state’s first ever claims for Community Forest Rights. Communities mapped their village and forest area to identify and claim resources on which their livelihoods is depend, including all NTFPs. This map was sanctioned and signed by the Gram Sabha, FRC members and further sent for approval of District Committee. Today, 40 Gram Sabhas has received the community forest rights entitlement over 20,000 hect of land with ownership on MFP, right to nistar and grazing for livestock. They all are empowering towards managing the resources by their own. 

From last year, Chaupal is putting their energy to develop community institution for protection, conservation and management of forest resources and exploring organized model to enhance forest based livelihood.

 

Results to be Achieved: 

1.To create awareness amongst men and women and their community institutions to demand and implement forest rights as per FRA.

2.Build capacity of community institutions to access and control over forest resources as envisaged in FRA and other enabling legislations.  

3.Support enhancement of natural resource based livelihood of adivasis and other forest dependent community through sustainable management of natural resources, including forest. 

4.Making government agencies accountable to implement FRA and other policies ensuring community control and governance over natural resources

 

Prior Achievements:

Chaupal achieved success in granting CFR titles to 40 Gram Sabhas over 20,000 Hect of land in Surguja district. Also, over 1300 Pahadi Korwa household benefitted in getting forest rights with accurate mapping and titling. Community has initiated conservation, protection and livelihood development plan in atleast 5 villages.

 

Quotes of Beneficiaries: 

“Chaupal has trained us to express our control and management of forest, which is precious for future generation. Now, we assured of better future as no one dare to destroy our resources”--- Ram Bahoran ( Village leader & President, FRC, Teerang)

 

Case Studies/Human stories: 

Bule, a remote Adivasi village of Majhwar, Majhi and Pahadi Korwa amidst lush green forest and hills in Udaipur block of Surguja district. The Gram Sabha has decided to take up their rights to collect and sale of NTFP to one of the SHGs in the Bule village- Geeta. Geeta SHG is run by 10 women from Adivasi families in poverty, they had some Rs 16,000/- in their bank account, which they accumulated through monthly saving. Gram Sabha of Bule approved the Geeta group as a NTFP purchasing committee to procure the NTFP from the community and to sell it in the open market. However, earlier 3 shopkeepers used to get the NTFP and sold out to outsider traders. They started procuring Cassia Tora seeds (Charota), a beans growing in the wild, from the villagers. They approached CHAUPAL for the money for purchase, CHAUPAL took them to Adivasi Mahila Cooperative Society, which approved interest-free loan of Rs. 20000.00. The Aadivasi Mahila Co-operative Society provides loans for the women groups without charging any interest for first three months.  After taking loans the group of women started collection and purchase of the Cassia Tora seeds. Within a short time they were able to purchase 5 quintals of the seeds costing Rs. 17,500.00. After purchasing it they sold it in the market for Rs. 25000, thus the committee earned net profit of Rs.7500.00. They deposited in their account Rs. 3750 and the remaining amount were distributed a bonus to all the members from where the committee had purchased. Few days back they paid back all the loan amount of Rs. 20000 to the Aadivasi Mahila Co-operative Society. 

Now The Geeta Committee has decided to purchase Niger oil seed which is harvested in the month of January and February. They have again decided to take loans of Rs. 40000.00 from the Aadivasi Mahila Co-operative Society.