Creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for increased food security
According to the United Nations, “Extreme hunger and malnutrition remain a barrier to sustainable development and create a trap from which people cannot easily escape. Hunger and malnutrition mean less productive individuals, who are more prone to disease and thus often unable to earn more and improve their livelihoods”. Time and again, the importance of handholding the underserved with means to avail of reliable income-generating opportunities and ensuring food security has been brought to the fore.
Our livelihood and food security programmes vary greatly depending on the context and are often customized as per the local demography and their needs and requirements. We believe simple things like transferring the knowledge on innovative and sustainable livelihood practices to the economically marginalised and vulnerable communities, enabling them to gain access to land and livelihood assets, promoting climate-smart and green livelihoods and mobilising communities through institution-building can ensure food security, diversify sources of income and improve their quality of life. Adoption of Integrated Farming and Natural Resource Management and development of Rural Enterprises and Farmer Producer Organisations through community participation is the key focus areas of our programmes. We also facilitate linkages of communities with markets and government welfare schemes and provide livestock and veterinary services.