Skills for Youth

Empowered Young Women through marked aligned skills training to generate employment

PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS

Livelihoods Context

Livelihoods Context: Intermittent cyclones and erratic climatic conditions during the past decade have badly affected the agriculture sector in Ganjam district of Odisha. The major livelihood source for the population in the proposed villages of Chikiti block includes agriculture, wage earning in agricultural works, animal husbandry and work in the Govt developmental programmes under MGNREGS. The agricultural sector particularly is facing a host of problems including limited access to quality inputs and farming techniques, poor water and soil management, high post-harvest losses, lack of market information leading to difficulty in pricing, multiple middle man in the value chain and lack of access to credit in time. In our project operational area, many male members of the farming community, driven by losses, are pushed to migrate to cities in search of work in non-farm sectors often leaving the entire farming responsibility to the women folks who constitute 54.77% of total marginal workers as per the Odisha State Agriculture Report. 

VIEWS have been implemented community based, market led sustainable Livelihoods models for enhancement of household income at small marginal farmers. During the last ten years we have made efforts to address livelihood security through community mobilization, input facilitation along with locally suitable practices and technology, skill building and facilitating linkages with various stakeholders. This entailed a range of intervention with focus on building capacities of organisations and community to attain food security at households and community level and thereby enhancing income for sustainable livelihoods. Our future focus will be to implement activities to ensure food security and enhance income through crop intensification and diversification besides undertaking market-led livelihood intervention with small and marginal producers around paddy, tomato, potato and herbal medicines.

VIEWS working for Farm and Non-Farm Livelihoods

Farm Activities
  • Organic framing.
  • Promotion of Paddy Cultivation through SRI.
  • Promotion of Millets through System of Rice Intensification.
  • Organic Vegetable Cultivation and kitchen gardens.
  • Promotion of Dal, green grams.
  • Promoting alternative livelihood through goat rearing
Non-Farm Activities
  • Fishery based livelihoods.
  • Animal husbandry (Goat rearing and poultry).
  • Mushroom cultivation.
  • Micro Enterprise Development for ultra-poor.
  • Market aligned Skills training.
  • Access livelihoods entitlements.

VIEWS livelihoods Strategy :

Building Community Based Institutions

VIEWS organizing the poor in community-based institutions and building their leader capacity. Forming Women Self-help Groups (SHGs) for saving members to engage in savings, internal lending and socio-economic development activities. SHGs plays vital role in project implementation and monitoring at village level

Conservation of Water and Soil Management

VIEWS providing support to improve soil health, access to water, and creation of small water resources at the farm, for overall soil-water conservation, and development of land through multiple means. We also collaborated with Government line departments to access Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), to create Ponds and community assets for promotion of climate resilient crops like millets

Creation of Appropriate Technology and Sustainable Agricultural Practices

Adopting best technology and Packages of Practices with regard to seeds, breeds, pest and disease control, preservation and processing post-harvest, in order to increase farm productivity and revenue and decrease input cost. We collaborate with collaborated with Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology to enable farmers in the difficult geographies access affordable technologies for crop cultivation, food-processing, packaging and value-addition.

Access to Financial Inclusion Services

Families once aggregated into recognised community institutions like SHGs, women-led SHG-Federations and Farmer Producer Organizations are linked to institutional credit through banks.

Establish Linkage from Farm field to Market

Aggregate and collectively market the product of small farmers. We have promoted farmer producer companies (FPCs). FPCs collect, aggregate, process and sell the produce in bulk, which enables a small farmer to realise fair prices through fair market practices. FPCs add value to the local produce and make it a marketable product such as millets processing and fish value added products

Replication and Scale of livelihoods models

VIEWS is part of many CSO platforms like Odisha Livelihoods Action Network, Odisha Millets Mission.  VIEWS documenting best livelihoods models and its packages of practices sharing in various development forums for replication and scalable of models.

During the last ten years we have made efforts to address livelihood security through community mobilization, input facilitation along with locally suitable practices and technology, skill building and facilitating linkages with various stakeholders. This entailed a range of intervention with focus on building capacities of organisations and community to attain food security at households and community level and thereby enhancing income for sustainable livelihoods. 

Community Mobilization

Mobilising poorest communities, building human capabilities and women self-help groups as a Champions of Change

Creating Community Resource Persons 

Building skills sets of progressive farmers on organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices, so they can provide handhold support to fellow farmers at ground level  

Increase Community Participation in Micro Planning 

Strengthening communities to take participation in Palli Sabha and Gram Sabha to raise their demands and access the government schemes and entitlements and empowering them to have to say in the way things are run  

Managing Natural Resources Efficiently  

Making communities to aware to use national resources more efficiently through sustainable technologies

Murali Pradhan, Farmer

This year I experienced the SRI System of Crop Intensification in our Field, now no need to procure Paddy, Ragi, and Vegetables to meet my day to day family needs. By selling the surplus produce, Murali Pradhan from Palli village not only feeds his family members of 9 but also provides quality education to his children.

Neelay Singh, National Foundation for India

For 5 years, NFI partnered with VIEWS to address the livelihoods security, attain food 

security at the household level and enacting income for sustainable livelihoods.

Practising System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

Establish linkage from Producer to Market

Participating in International Seminar on Sustainable Fisheries

Promote Farmers Producer Companies

Convergence with Government

Interface Meets with Government Line Departments

State Level Consultations on Sustainable Livelihoods

Conduct Value Chain Studies

Skills Building of Rural Youth

Generating Alternative Livelihoods Options

Financial Inclusion of Marginal Farmers

Creation of Organic Entrepreneurs

Reviving of Millets in Tribal Pockets

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