Food and Livelihood Security through Natural Resource Management
The main focus of this programme is to enhance subsystem/ farm enterprise production and diversity through scientific management of natural resources. Under this programme we encourage participatory planning with the marginal and smallholder systems, following the principles of sustainable agriculture. At the same time, we promote participatory farmers' research with the system approach to innovate, integrate and develop new means of agroecological farming. For scientific and sustainable management of the farm resources we encourage participatory soil & water health management, indigenous seed management, indigenous knowledge management, maintaining diversification of subsystems/farm enterprises, innovation in harvesting and storing techniques, low cost external input farming techniques to reduce forced migration in the lean season, protein malnutrition, micro-nutrient malnutrition, farming risk reduction, increasing farm based income etc. However, this programme is an amalgamation of several projects which are directed towards the main principles of this programme in three most stressed agro-ecological systems of West Bengal e.g.- red lateritic, hill & coastal saline agro-ecological zone.
DRCSC follows a three tier structure to implement this programme where the basic unit is Mutual Cooperation Groups (MCGs), Area Resource and Training Centre (ARTC) plays a key role in the middle (at the cluster level) and Zonal Resource and Training Centre at the top. DRCSC while creating models as a part of this programme always ensure local contribution (at least 25%) in cash or in kind from the community people. Presently, the cluster level organizations (ARTCs) has started rolling the revolving fund for developing new NRM based models, innovations, research and for up scaling.
The major focus of this programme is to develop different natural resource based models for the local community to cater different agro-ecological issues associated with different farming communities spread over three most stressed agroecological zones (red lateritic, hill & coastal saline agro-ecological zone). Through this programme we have reached out to about 9000 households in more than 300 villages of 11 districts of West Bengal, India.
Christian Aid, Karl KubelStiftung, Welthungerhilfe, NETz & EU, Aid India, ShaplaNeer, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, Indienhilfe and MGNREGA Cell of West Midnapur district.