Improving Agricultural Productivity and Rural Livelihoods through Community Participation and Better Crop Management Practices in Target villages in Kalahandi District, S.Odisha


Duration: 2019 – 2024

Location: Kalahandi, Odisha, India

Partners:

  1. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
  2. NGO partner Jansahajya

Summary:

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited supported the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in developing a scalable site of learning to improve livelihoods and build resilience through integrated watershed management in Kalahandi district of Odisha. ​The watershed comprises an area of around 2500 ha and is home to around 8500 people. The watershed program was formally launched and is being implemented by a multi-disciplinary team of scientists/managers supported by field staff and local NGO Jansahajya.

The specific objectives of the project are

  • Establish “Model Sites of Learning” in Kalahandi district of Odisha to harness the potential of rainfed areas by adopting an integrated water resource management approach;
  • Demonstrate and popularize science-led integrated and efficient soil, water and climate smart crop management practices to enhance crop productivity and improve rural livelihood in the targeted villages;
  • Develop the capacity of farmers in the region to improve rural livelihood through farmer- friendly knowledge sharing and dissemination to enhance stakeholders’ awareness about climate smart water efficient and nutritious cereals and vegetables for cultivating and its integration in regular diet; and
  • Improve nutrition levels, especially of women and children, through the consumption of more millet and vegetables.

Recent Posts

Recent Publications

2020

Improving Rural Livelihoods through Farmer-centric Integrated Watershed Management (Half-Yearly Progress Report: April-September 2020). IDC-ICRISAT (2020): In: 2020. (Type: Incollection | Links | BibTeX)
Improving Rural Livelihoods through Farmer-centric Integrated Watershed Management (Yearly Progress Report: 2019-2020-Kalahandi). IDC-ICRISAT (2020): In: 2020. (Type: Incollection | Links | BibTeX)