Insights into Local Community Needs
Project district Challenges identified Responses
Pali (Rajasthan)
  • Agriculture is primarily single crop (65%), rain-fed (over 70%) and drought prone.
  • Tube-wells are the main source of irrigation, which remain dry for 7-8 months of the year made worse by fast depleting groundwater table.
  • Soil is sandy with poor fertility.
  • Farmers ignorant of new and high yielding varieties.
Social Investments plan comprises interventions in the areas of:
  • Soil and Moisture conservation.
  • Sustainable agriculture.
Jalukbari (Assam)
  • Sizeable population of women headed households (22%).
  • High proportion of poor (82%).
  • Highly flood-prone area causing frequent crop failure and climate vulnerability.
  • High dependency on livestock including fisheries, dairy and small ruminants but no access to vet services.
  • Lack of opportunity and skills for gainful employment.
Rolled out 3 major interventions aimed at improving income sources of the communities residing in the area:
  • Diversification of livelihood portfolio through promotion of Integrated Farming Systems for small & marginal farmers.
  • Economic empowerment of the poorest of the poor women-headed households in the area.
  • Vocational Skills training in hospitality and Industrial Sewing Machine Operator (ISMO).
Sukma (Chhattisgarh)
  • Predominantly tribal villages, dependent on rain-fed agriculture and single crop.
  • Lands are sloping with poor soil quality mixed with stones and pebbles leading to low yields.
  • Post Kharif, most households depend on daily wages and Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs). NTFP collection and migration to Andhra Pradesh for seasonal work.
  • Agro-forestry on arable wastes to optimise land-use, and increase land under productive use & promotion of horticulture in the village commons.
  • Soil & moisture conservation to improve productivity.
  • Vocational Skills training in Hospitality and Electrical trades, given the high demand for such skills in neighbouring cities & towns.