Eradication of Poverty through Livelihood promotion
Hunger and Malnourishment are the manifestations of poverty. One third of the worlds poor are in India and according to the recent estimates 42% of the Indian population fall below poverty line. Lack of resources and access to resources curtails growth and development leading to vulnerability. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.
Due to these measures there has been a very significant improvement in the crop yields of the farmers leading to food security and sufficiency. Along with the increase in agricultural production the nutritional intake of the families especially of children and women too has improved leading to better quality of life. In areas like Gujarat and MP, the percentage of migratory families has drastically reduced from 80% to just 20% . Families, especially women and children are able to stay back in their villages paving way for their security, education to their children and improvement in their living standards.
80% of Indian population are dependant on farming for their livelihood. Most of the poor own fragmented and marginal lands with very little hope of improving it. While some have lands which are severely eroded and barren and unfit for cultivation. Lack of sustained livelihoods pushes families to distress migration in search of wage work as labourers. One of the prime focus of HCDI in improving and bringing about Sustainable Food Security to such vulnerable families is to develop their land resources and provide access to inputs such as quality seed, demonstrations on organic manures, low cost farming implements , irrigations equipments and support for bullocks.
HCDI and its partners have been able to provide support to the farming community in improving their lands to the tune of more than 5000 hectares through farm bunding, land levelling, gully plugs, trenching etc. Farmers have been sensitized through trainings, awareness programmes, demonstrations and workshops on improving and conservation of soils, improve fertility, improve irrigation potentials through digging of ponds, wells, and check dams.