Sustainable Livelihoods

Indigenous Peoples’ Programme

Appropriate Technology


Knowledge and Capacity Building

Environmental Governance

Health and Community Wellness

Human Wildlife Interactions


Water Resources

eystone has been working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) since 1993 with indigenous communities on eco-development initiatives. During the last couple of years, several thematic areas have taken form, derived from the original idea of a holistic approach to the issues of livelihoods, conservation & enterprise. These are Conservation, Livelihoods, Indigenous Peoples Programme, Appropriate Technology, Research, Information and Communication, Knowledge and Capacity Building, Finance & Administration and the Crosscutting Programmes of Pollination, Human-Wildlife Conflict, Water Resources, Health and Nutrition and Environmental Governance.


  • PGS Workshop Conducted for Farmers’ Group from Dindigul

    Leo explaining the concept and processes of PGS to the farmers group

    14 July 2016, Banglapadigai: A group of 39 organic farmers from Dindigul visited two farms in Banglapadigai and Samaigodal on 8 July. Brought together by CIRHEP (Centre for Improved Rural Health and Environment Protection), these farmers are interested in forming a PGS (Participatory Guarantee Systems) group along the lines of the farmers in Banglapadigai and Samaigodal. ...

  • From Scarcity to Sustainability – Talk by G. K. Bhat, Chairman, Taru Leading Edge

    12 July 2016, Kotagiri: Mr G.K Bhat, Chairman, TARU Leading Edge, addressed Keystone staff at the campus in Kotagiri last week on “From Scarcity to Sustainability – Developing Anticipatory Culture “. Taru Leading Edge Consulting is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm with strong technical expertise in urban contexts, climate change and disaster mitigation. Mr. Bhat spoke about how a ...

  • The Araganai  Story

      This is a story that has been passed down through the generations in Ittarai village in Hasanur. Long ago, two brothers lived in a village with their families. They had a large millet field that they cultivated together. One year, during sowing season, a quarrel that began between children at playtime escalated to the brothers ...

  • Organic Mixed Farming in Konavakkarai

    22 June 2016, Konavakkarai: In the Konavakkarai area in eastern NBR, 18 acres of farmland have been planted with millets (thenai, samai, ragi),  maize, pumpkin, mustard, amaranthus, avarai and thovarai. Under Keystone’s Livelihoods programme supported by The Swallows – India Bangladesh, 20 farmers from nine villages in the area have been provided seed grain from the ...

  • Training on Monsoon Disease Prevention Conducted in Nilambur

    12 June 2016, Nilambur: An awareness camp was conducted at Vaniyampuzha village in Nilambur on protection against monsoon diseases. Vaniyampuzha in north Nilambur is a small village consisting of 33 familes belonging to the Paniya community. Most of these families depend on the nearby Chaliyar river and Vaniyampuzha stream for all their daily needs. The lush green ...

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