PRADAN works mostly with Adivasis and poor people who live near forests for whom forests and trees have, traditionally, been an important source of livelihood. Over the years, dwindling forests and the implementation of protection-oriented public policies have made serious inroads to these livelihood activities, resulting in decreased incomes for the local communities.
PRADAN’s forest and tree-based livelihood interventions in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha comprise of Tasar cocoon production, Lac cultivation and production, and trading of Siali leaf plates. Farm forestry has also been taken up as part of a programme on integrated natural resource management.
As on March 2015, there are 9,000 families who are involved in these activities.
Also see: Lac Cultivation , Siali Leaf Plate , Tasar Cocoon Production