This year saw the merging of two of our programme areas – the Livelihoods programme and the Environmental Governance Programme. This merger situates livelihoods within the larger ambit of environmental governance and strengthens the focus on rights of indigenous people to livelihood resources. The combined programme area will continue to work towards strengthening livelihoods based on the natural resource base, in particular while developing appropriate non farm livelihoods as well, while strengthening spaces for indigenous people in decision making.
The other major change in our strategy this year has been our attempt to de link area teams from particular programme areas. This enables area teams to function with a focus on area development and address cross cutting issues between livelihoods, conservation, culture and enterprise.
We continued to support eco-tourism in a collabora¬tive project with the Tamil Nadu Forest Department – The Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project. The project involves evolving an eco tourism circuit in the Kotagiri area including the villages of Banagudi, Kodanadu and the Longwood Watch Dog Committee. A Eco-tourism ... Read more ...
- Vocational Training and Skill Development
A series of training programmes targeted towards vocational and skill development of tribal youth were organized across the year. The programmes focused on life skills, book keeping and financial management, carpentary, crochet, jewellery making, ironsmithry, plumbing and mechanical skills, vermicomposting techniques, ecotourism and tailoring. A total of 62 training sessions ... Read more ...
- Value Addition
Capacity building on value addition of agricultural and forest produce is an important livelihood strategy that we promote. With the registration of the Aadhimalai Pazhankudiyinar Producer Company this year, five of the production centres heretofore functioning under the Livelihoods Programme are now part of the Producer Company.
The centre in Sigur ... Read more ...