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2003

Strengthening Traditional Livelihood System of Desert Community through Agro-forestry and Horticulture Practices (India)

Inde

Titre : Strengthening Traditional Livelihood System of Desert Community through Agro-forestry and Horticulture Practices (India)

Pays : Inde

Numéro projet : SGP/GEF/IND/OP2/02/RJ09

Domaine : Biodiversity

Durée : 2003-2004

Bénéficiaires : Lok Kalyan Sansthan

Présentation
The project attempted at solving the condition of agriculture in the project area. Attempts to bring more area under cultivation had failed and this coupled with droughts, depleting water resources and mechanized farming, had aggravated their socio-economic condition, forcing small and marginalised farmers to shift from their traditional livelihood system and become wage laborers. The practice of agro-forestry & horticulture among small & marginalized farmers was popularized and intermediate technology in the practice of agriculture, particularly in areas of irrigation & manuring was promoted. The NGO incorporated the components in the present agricultural practices, promoted intermediate technology and enhanced the process of technology transfer from lab to land through information- sharing.
The project’s emphasis was to incorporate the components of horticulture & agro-forestry in the present agricultural practices to make agricultural operation economically more lucrative and resistant to concurrent drought and to popularize the practice of agro-forestry & horticulture among small & marginalized farmers.

Caractéristiques et résultats
Each of the 35 model farms was fenced. They consisted of a compost pit and a traditional water harvesting structure called tanka, and a mix of plants that deliver short-term gains and others that deliver long-term gains were planted to ensure a continuous flow of income. - Vegetable seeds and seedlings had been distributed and had been treated against diseases. - In-house field support from institutions with the necessary expertise had been provided to the beneficiaries, other farmers and NGOs. - Training programmes and soil testing were done. - A central Agricultural Information and Resource Centre was set up for the convenience of all in the villages.

The concept behind the project was shared with other NGOs in the same field of work and they were asked to adopt the same. So far, 300 other farmers and 7 NGOs had been given in-house field support for agriculture and plantation. Besides, the NGO had mobilised 450 non-beneficiaries to adopt the practice of model farms.

Financement
Grant Amount (GEF Small Grants Programme) : US$ 31,579.00
Co-Finanshing Cash : US$ 7,778.94

GEF Small Grants Programme

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