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.
- 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 ... Read more ...
- PGS Workshop Conducted for Farmers’ Group from Dindigul
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 ... Read more ...
- Value Addition Training conducted at Keystone Resource Centre in Cherupuzha, Kerala
24 August 2016, Nilambur: A training on value addition was conducted by the Livelihoods team on 22nd August for 14 persons of the Kattunaickan and Muduva communities. Wild ginger is one of the NTFP (non-timber forest produce) that is gathered by the local communities and the participants were trained on ... Read more ...