One of the main aims of Keystone’s livelihood work is to strengthen village groups and progressively make them more independent. Keystone works towards enhancing food security for the community members and the food sovereignty of farmers by strengthening village level institutions and promoting traditional crops.
Strengthening village level seed banks is another an important piece of working towards food sovereignty. Maintaining a kitchen garden, along with the revival of millet cultivation ensures that families are provided with an important source of nutrition, addressing one main issue contributing to the reduced wellbeing of indigenous communities. We work closely with Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Limited, which was incubated by Keystone, to promote sustainable livelihoods initiatives among indigenous communities.