Securing Sustainable Livelihood for Unprivileged Households
“The sole objective of sustainable livelihood program is to reduce inequality and poverty by paving opportunities for income-generating activities among poor and unprivileged households, in adherence to the principles of social and ecological inclusion.”
Sj. Kongress Bhai (Senior Activist cum Board member, ACM)
Agricultural Land Development
In the interior tribal villages, agriculture is the only effective solution to beat the increasing unemployment problem. Hence, ACM started developing the uneven – uncultivated barren fields into fertile and cultivable lands, by adopting strategic land development measures like levelling, cleaning, and fencing. This increased the interest of tribal farmers towards cultivation and they started producing surplus food for a profitable income.
of undulating land has been cleared, levelled and made cultivable in 45 tribal villages, benefitting nearly 5000 poor households.
Irrigation Structure Development
To resolve the irrigation related issues, ACM started building various water harvesting structures like wells, dams, canals, for channelizing the water flow to the agricultural lands in a regulated manner. Such activities have greatly strengthened the confidence of poor tribal farmers back on agriculture and also increased the food-security as well as earning ability of the locals.
7 canals and 5 deep wells have been constructed with the help of local villagers, ensuring proper irrigation facilities to more than 1000 acres of land.
Agricultural Assistance to Poor Tribal Farmers
To help the farmers in its operational villages, ACM has offered extensive support and assistance for the cultivation of brinjal, tomato, potato, cabbage, radish, beans, ladies finger, cauliflower, spinach, paddy, sabai grass, groundnut, maize, and others. Fertilizer sprayers, threshers, and paddy harvesting instruments have also been provided to farmers for improving agricultural production.
in the core, tribal districts of Odisha have been provided with seed support, manure support, equipment support, and financial assistance for motivation.
Forest Nursery Development
For tribal community, Forest is everything. Hence, by developing the forest nursery, ACM ensures sustainable forest-based livelihood among the community, which in return supplements in fulfilling the food and cash needs of the locals. With the support of BHOs, we have distributed seedlings of Mango, Lemon, Papaya, Jack Fruit, Custard, Pomegranate, Cashew, Drum Stick, Sabai grass, Teak, Silver Oak, and many more, to the villagers.
have been raised and distributed among 4500 tribal families, which were further planted in nearly 800 acres of forest land.
Sustainable Model Village – Gramodaya
With the support of EWB (Engineers Without Border), Germany, ACM has adopted a small tribal inhabited village named Hudisahi of Kaptipada block, located in the biosphere of Similipal forest reserve, Mayurbhanj. Under Gramodaya programme, the particular village has been developed into an eco-friendly model village with safe & hygiene sanitation and a pollution-free environment. It was a 2 year-long project and around 30 engineers from Germany have contributed.
Under Gramodaya project, we have built a big solar-powered Community Hall, 7 biogas plants, and 7 sanitary toilets in the village, benefiting 80 tribal families.
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