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Economic Prosperity and Livelihoods

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Overview

Manjari Foundation works with rural underprivileged families in the project areas to promote and support independent livelihood programs for women. The objective is helping small holders earn about INR 1.25 lac to INR 1.5 lac per annum. The various report suggesting that rural poor are not earning adequately, which leads for poverty, hunger, malnutrition and many more issues. India’s rural economy has been primarily based on agriculture and animal husbandry activities, but due to many factors like population growth, small land holding, lack of infrastructure their livelihood is affecting badly.

There is a huge distress migration across our project locations. Youth is a migrating in cities where living conditions are in very bad shape. Covid already manifested this.

Challenges

The growth in India is not inclusive, there is very big gap between haves and not haves. There are lot of challenges in rural areas which are affecting livelihood and earning of small and marginal families. There is still gap in knowledge, skills and resource pooling. Most of villages do not adequate infrastructure which hampering growth and development. Rural poor still lack institutional credits and technical know-how as well, which leads for low productivity and outputs.

Due to climate change, there is erratic rainfall, drought, floods and many more challenges are arising which affecting rural livelihoods adversely. Due to lack of quality education and structured barriers the population of unskilled youths is increasing.

Strategic Approach

To achieve the inclusive growth, we identify the various livelihood options and the interventions points through which we can facilitate that much earning to our farmers. Given this approach, we zeroed on agriculture, goat rearing, dairy farming, poultry, mushroom cultivation and micro enterprises as we think these activities have tremendous potential to supplement income of rural families in the region.

Our sustainable livelihood approach is very diversified and comprehensive where we are intervening with women farmers and youth in multiple sectors. Beside technical knowledge and infrastructure support, poor rural families do suffer due to lack of proper market information and linkages. Without addressing forward and backward support system, one can’t visualize a growth and sustainability in rural livelihoods. Thus we are focusing on collectivisation of producers in suitable collective entity as well.

Agriculture

The entire agriculture intervention focus has been to improve the incomes and reduce risks and vulnerabilities. In farm livelihoods, important interventions are promotion of sustainable and climate resilient agriculture, where bringing new technology and know-how, value addition, aggregation and market linkages for better price realization through promotion of producer organization and adequate market led interventions

Livestock

Our livestock program mainly focuses on Dairy, Goat rearing and backyard poultry  where interventions are both pre-production, during and post production as well.  The capacity buildings of the farmers about the better-quality breed, training of women in feeding & husbandry practices, veterinary care, immunization and linkages with market system.

Integrated Natural Resource Management ( INRM)

Our INRM interventions are aligned with #SDG13 Climate Action and envision to improve the carrying capacities of natural resources. Our INRM approach is very participatory and leaded by Pani Panchayat a community institutions. The whole planning, implementation, monitoring and participatory evaluation done by community. We trained community on water budgeting and efficient use of water and climate change adaption.

Renewable and Clean Energy

Our renewable energy interventions are aligned #SDG7- Affordable and Clean Energy where our main focus is building the knowledge of the farmers around how to harness the renewable energy sources. Our major interventions are facilitating solar based irrigation pumps, solar lights helping kids, families during night hours and also installed street lights in remote villages.

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