SHG led Action to Facilitate and Augment Livelihoods by Transforming Agriculture eco-systems in Jharkhand (SAFALTA)

We are happy to announce our initiative ‘SHG led Action to Facilitate and Augment Livelihoods by Transforming Agriculture eco-systems in Jharkhand (SAFALTA)’, in collaboration with Axis Bank Foundation. This is a five-year Project with its period is from July 2019 to June 2024. SAFALTA will empower women headed community institutions to make them self-reliant and promote community led change process for psychological, social and economic empowerment of women in 1076 project villages across seven districts, and 14 blocks in the state of Jharkhand.

The project aims to make the women’s institutions promoted under the aegis of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission by PRADAN directly or in partnership with Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS) in Jharkhand state, especially the secondary and tertiary level ones, further strengthened and help enhance income generation from on-farm and off-farm livelihoods for those women small and marginal farmers.

Key objectives of the Project

  • 1,20,000 women mobilized into vibrant and self-sustaining Self Help Groups
  • 13 Block Level Federations (BLFs) and 30 Cluster Level Federations (CLFs) supported on Institutional and leadership development.
  • 800 Village Organisations in project villages that are discussing on and taking action on issues of community and village well-being
  • 75,000 women supported in farm and off-farm based livelihood interventions through direct action of which 80% women would attain Gross Annual Incomes in the range of Rs70, 000.
  • Of which 35,000 women supported through Intensive approach to come under the ambit of 12 Agriculture Production Clusters (APCs).
  • 80% of the APC women producers will realize quick income gains and by the end of the project attain income levels of Rs 100,000 annually and sustainably.
  • 10,000 women would be supported to diversify their livelihood basket through Back yard poultry (BYP) and goat rearing.
  • 250 Village Resource Persons and staff of the SRLMs groomed and capacitated to provide livelihood support to SHG women in partnership areas.
  • 15,000 SHG women are provided livelihood training and hand-holding support by SRLM staff and cadre in partnership areas.
  • 10,000 hectares of land treated for improving the carrying capacity with an outlay of Rs 200 million over the project period.

The project objectives are aligned to some of the major programmes of the Central and State governments. The key programmes being the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). The project aims at partnering with relevant departments of the State Government around these flagship programmes. Besides this the project aligns to a key government initiative of Doubling Farmers Income by 2022.