State-Level Support to Livelihood Promotion Strategies - Jharkhand

What is the Project About

What is the Project About
Photo: Ranjan Rahi/UNDP India

Jharkhand is one of India’s most mineral-rich states. Despite this, inequality is high and a significant proportion of the population is unable to benefit from government’s schemes and programmes. This project, in partnership with the Department of Rural Development, Government of Jharkhand, aims to strengthen the state government’s capacity to effectively deliver livelihood schemes and programmes, and actively mobilize disadvantaged groups to generate greater awareness and access to entitlements.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What Have We Accomplished So Far
  • A drip irrigation prototype for individual small and marginal land holdings, demonstrated in five districts with more than 300 farmers, has now been upscaled by the Rural Development Department across the state

  • Prototypes are available for upscaling to generate incremental income for disadvantaged communities engaged in non-timber forest production, lac and paddy cultivation

  • Participatory micro plans have benefited 500 villages through identifying available livelihood options

  • Support to self-help groups in establishing and managing a poly nursery for growing improved varieties of vegetable seedlings has enabled women members to generate an additional revenue stream

  • Housing plan developed for people living Below the Poverty Line

  • A curriculum designed to train local village development committees to enable better utilization of Backward Region Grant Funds

  • More than 2,000 women SHGs have received financial support under the Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) by enabling these groups to develop livelihood proposals

  • Design of JOHAR, a livelihood project initiated by the Rural Development department

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
United Nations Development Programme US$ 2,678,783


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2012 US$ 387,889
2011 US$ 526,066

Stories of Change

Sustainable Livelihoods for Tribal Communities

Sustainable Livelihoods for Tribal Communities
A drip irrigation prototype, developed as part of a livelihood generation project supported by UNDP, is providing farmers in the east Indian state of Jharkhand with sustainable livelihoods and self-employment opportunities. The prototype, demonstrated in five districts with more than 300 small and marginal farmers, has now been upscaled by the Rural Development Department across the state.

Project Overview
Status
Ongoing
Project Start Date
2009
Estimated End date
2012
Geographic Coverage
Ten blocks in five districts (Hazaribagh, Pakur, Palamau, Ranchi and West Singhbum) of Jharkhand
Focus Area
Poverty Reduction
MDG
Goal 1 - Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Project Officer
Ratnesh
Partners
Department of Rural Development, Government of Jharkhand; Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society
Highlights
  • Despite an abundance of mineral wealth and natural resources, inequality in Jharkhand remains high
  • As part of the livelihood generation project, a drip irrigation prototype for individual small and marginal farmers has been upscaled
  • Prototypes to generate incremental income for disadvantaged communities are available for upscaling
  • Participatory micro plans have benefited 500 villages
  • Support to women SHGs in managing a poly nursery has helped them generate additional income
  • Housing plan for people living Below the Poverty Line has been developed, and design of a livelihood project, JOHAR has been initiated