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.
- Partnering to National Horticulture Mission – Beekeeping
Introductory beekeeping training was conducted for 32 indigenous tribal farmers in Kotagiri taluk, 100 beehives were issued to promote pollination services under the scheme of National horticulture Mission. 32 epis cerena colonies were organised through dividing, capturing and transferring from village apiaries to them Four centrifugal honey extractors were issued ... Read more ...
- Participatory Guarantee System
The annual review of farmers’ groups under the participatory guarantee systems was conducted. A total of 13 groups with 89 farmers in total are now part of the PGS facilitated by us.
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- Kitchen Garden
Our relatively small but important initiative on promoting kitchen gardens continued this year. About 15 varieties of seeds were supplied to about 50 families through the year.
An information stall was set up at the Annual Vegetable Show organized by the District Administration in Ko¬tagiri. The stall carried information on traditional ... Read more ...