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Livelihood

Livelihood

Economic Prosperity And Livelihoods

Overview

UDGI Foundation works with rural underprivileged families to promote and support independent livelihood programs for women. The objective is to help small landholders earn about INR 1.25 lac to INR 1.5 lac per annum. A number of studies show that the poor rural farmer is unable to earn enough, leading to poverty, hunger, malnutrition, and many more issues. India’s rural economy has been primarily based on agriculture and animal husbandry, but due to many factors like population growth, small land holdings, and lack of infrastructure and knowledge, their livelihood has been affected.

Across our project locations, distress migration is a growing problem. Youth are also forced to migrate to cities for the lack of opportunities closer to their homes.

Challenges

UDGI Foundation works with rural underprivileged families to promote and support independent livelihood programs for women. The objective is to help small landholders earn about INR 1.25 lac to INR 1.5 lac per annum. A number of studies show that the poor rural farmer is unable to earn enough, leading to poverty, hunger, malnutrition, and many more issues. India’s rural economy has been primarily based on agriculture and animal husbandry, but due to many factors like population growth, small land holdings, and lack of infrastructure and knowledge, their livelihood has been affected.

Across our project locations, distress migration is a growing problem. Youth are also forced to migrate to cities for the lack of opportunities closer to their homes.

Strategic Approach

To achieve inclusive growth, we identified the various livelihood options and interventions through which we can facilitate better earnings for our farmers. We zeroed in on agriculture, goat rearing, dairy farming, poultry, mushroom cultivation, and micro enterprises as we felt that these activities have tremendous potential to supplement the income of rural families in the region.

Besides technical knowledge and infrastructure support, poor rural families suffer due to a lack of information about the market and poor access. Without addressing forward and backward support systems, one can’t visualize growth that is sustainable.

UDGI has been working closely with farmers and livestock rearers to bring in new and improved technologies and processes to improve efficiency and productivity while also simultaneously supporting farmers to link up directly with markets to gain better returns.

Agriculture

The entire focus of our intervention has been on improving incomes and reducing risks and vulnerabilities. Towards this end, we are promoting sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture, by bringing in new technology and know-how. We are also promoting the formation of producer organizations to facilitate better aggregation and market linkages for better price realization.

Livestock

Our livestock program mainly focuses on dairy, goat rearing, and backyard poultry. We are building farmer capacities by increasing awareness of better-quality breeds, training women in feeding and animal husbandry practices, veterinary care, immunization, and linkages with the market system.

Renewable And Clean Energy

Our renewable energy interventions are aligned with #SDG7- Affordable and Clean Energy wherein our main focus is on building knowledge of farmers around how to harness renewable energy sources. Our  interventions are facilitating solar-based irrigation pumps and solar lights to help kids and families during night hours and also street lights in remote villages.

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