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Our Programmes

  • Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries(India) (SFURTI)

    Skill Development

    We have established training cum integrated production and marketing unit for youth artisan groups in brass and bell metal items. The youth artisans have formed a Cluster Producer Company’. The producer company is engaged to produce and deliver to market a series of products using brass and bell metal as input material using the central facilitation centre and the venture has become a business model. The SFURTI scheme is supported by KVIC, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME), Govt. of India as part of the vision of ‘Make in India’, ‘Start up India & stand up India’ & ‘skill India’ programme. About 380 youth have found employment in brass and bell metal units.

    The following other employment oriented skill development and capacity building trainings are conducted for Youth and Women on a regular basis:

    • Tourism and Hospitality
    • Transportation and Logistics
    • Telecom
    • Food processing
    • Retail management
    • BFSI (Banking, Financial Services and Insurance)
    • Automotive
    • Handicraft (Brass and Bell Metal)
    • Information Technology and Information Technology Enabled Services
    • Electronics and IT Hardware
    • Health Care
    • Business Skills
    • Accounting Skills
    • Film & Video Making
    • Soft Skills
    • Life skills
  • Youth-led programmes

    • Workshops, forums and conferences whose outcome is aimed at economically and socially empowering the youth of the communities
    • After-school programmes
    • Youth athletic leagues that use their sports to bring young people together to support community development.
    • Self-Help groups engaged with economic venture(s) or those with innovative ideas whose outcome is creation of jobs among the youth.
    • Environmental programmes where young people are involved and assist in ensuring that there will be sustainable outcomes.
    • Education
    • Capacity Building of youths
    • Advocacy for rights and entitlements
    • Peace Building
    • Agriculture
    • Exchange programmes – cultural and educational
  • Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

    Gender is the socially constructed roles of men and women that are learnt through a process of socialization and through culture of the society concerned. Throughout their life, gender is reinforced by parents, teachers, peers and society.

    Acknowledging the enormous gender equity gap in Odisha, SRIYA has taken a number of measures both within the organisation and in its programmes to rectify this imbalance. Conceding the "gender Gap" all over the State, particularly in operational Districts, SRIYA works strategically towards mainstreaming gender across the organization as well as in all its theme activities.

    SRIYA has developed a Gender Policy, which is the main instrument for mainstreaming gender concerns within the organization. The Gender Task Force is responsible for ensuring the proper implementation of the Gender Policy within SRIYA.

    SRIYA promotes women entrepreneurs, women-led enterprises and other social and environmental inspiring businesses and prioritize gender equality and/or women’s empowerment as a core objective.


    • Women’s empowerment
    • Self-sustainable micro enterprise
    • Capacity building and orientation
    • Micro finance linkage
  • Participatory Governance

    SRIYA has been constantly striving to strengthen participatory governance in the State to develop capacities of the communities with the use of participatory development plans as a tool to provide for real decentralized governance through linkages with the mainstream development plans. SRIYA’s Participatory Governance focuses on increasing accountability of the institutions of governance towards people in general and marginalized section in particular. SRIYA believes that community empowerment and social development are best achieved through greater citizen participation in the grassroots democratic process.

    Building people’s awareness and increasing participation in the process of local self-governance with extensive policy research and advocacy work is done to influence policy makers and the public to initiate pro-poor policies. SRIYA works towards strengthening people’s participation in local self-governance to enhance their abilities to analyze local development issues, place their demands before the delivery agencies, and create pressure to promote their rights and entitlements through community institutions.

    The initiatives of participatory governance of SRIYA are:

    • Decentralized Planning
    • Capacity Building
    • Transparency and Accountability
    • Action Research and replication
  • Education

    Education ensuring Zero-Child Labor:

    SRIYA has been managing a program in Sundergarh, Dhenkanal and Jagatsinghpur districts called “Zero-Child Labor through Education” in an increasing community managed frame for the last 10 years which focuses on the prevention of entry of children into the labor force through (i) an ‘Enrollment Campaign’ in which children of the school enrollment age are identified and enrolled in school, (ii) child-to-child tracking of a neighborhood by volunteers and neighborhood groups of school going children, (iii) removal of child from work and bondage, (iv) induction of the child removed from work in the mainstream education system. The project ‘Sustainable Strategy for Education’ run by SRIYA focuses on developing a strategy for ensuring education for every child by increasing community ownership. The project is in the process to institutionalize the strategy for education at the community level to realize the rights of the children as conceived in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The program activities include

    • Child-to-child programs for tracking children;
    • NGO-Community partnership programs for managing learning and school adjustment of children removed from work
    • Improved gathering of school level statistics on absenteeism, drop outs, effect of community learning programs on school adjustments, level of acceptance of children removed from work by peers and teachers, etc;
    • Parent-teacher focus groups to check frequently on the presence or absence of the child in school;
    • Peer pressure teams developed at community level to keep records on attendance and tracking incentives.
    • Public-private-community and local self-government partnership developed for increasing ownership and resources for the education of children removed from work.

    Elementary Education

    SRIYA has been working to enhance the access and enrolment of children in schools through awareness generation, community mobilization, capacity building of different stakeholders like community-based organizations, statutory committees, teachers and children peer groups; and provision of material support and facilities to the primary schools in difficult tribal areas through development of innovative teaching learning materials, teachers’ training, promotion of rights of children, community-led monitoring, institutional strengthening, and strengthening citizens’ initiative on education.

    Secondary Education:

    SRIYA has been working to strengthen innovation and practice in Secondary Education.

    SRIYA understands that secondary school education is measurably associated with positive effects on health, well-being, and productivity. For girls, research shows that those with more years of education marry later, have smaller families and survive childbirth at higher rates. They experience reduced incidences of HIV/AIDS, earn more, and live in societies with higher national rates of economic growth. 

    SRIYA’s intervention in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) is to accelerate innovation in secondary education programming, research, and development in tribal and marginalized areas.

  • Child Rights

    Disrupted migrating families, accumulated family debts passed from one generation to the next, lack of educational facilities, ineffective government policies and many other factors combine to make children extremely vulnerable in the project locations. Many children still work to contribute to the livelihoods of their families and communities. In remote areas, the majority of children remain unregistered, which may cause difficulties for them throughout their lives.

    SRIYA aims to help children to acquire useful skills, and develop their ability to make independent choices. At the same time, awareness is raised amongst adults from all levels of the community on the rights of children.

    Community Awareness and Training:

    Awareness is raised among representatives of the local self-governance institutions, teachers and other service providers through information, education and communication activities. Training programmes are delivered to educate communities and children on child rights, especially in relation to children's participation in community development.

    Training programmes also educate communities and parents on the importance of birth certificates, and encourage them to apply for birth registration and certificates. Bands of child rights mentors are formed to raise awareness and to work closely with children in the communities.

    Children's Groups: 

    Groups are set up to engage children in community life and in the village development process, and to monitor their well being at home, in school and in their immediate environment. The groups monitor and check up on school dropouts, out of school children, and instances of abuse of children at home and at school. Children's groups initiate dialogue with adults on schooling, nutrition and other community development activities.

  • Health

    The health status of the communities in remote areas of Odisha where SRIYA works is extremely poor, marked by high infant and maternal mortality rate, low immunisation coverage, a high prevalence of malnutrition among children, and a high incidence of malaria. A substantial number of these villages suffer from scarcity of safe drinking water. Sanitation facilities are generally limited or non-existent therefore unhygienic living conditions are commonplace and compound the overall health problem. SRIYA undertakes a range of preventative and curative activities in the project locations.

    SRIYA provides for increase in household access to micro health insurance services available through mainstream agencies. It engages itself in building capacities of Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), provides village level training programmes to adolescent girls, conducts health check-up camps, screening camps and awareness programmes,  and provides practical exposure to TBAs, and strengthens the Kalyan Samities. Continuous interaction with line departments to address the health related issues of the villages has been a regular practice of the project.


    The Human Immuno Deficiency virus (HIV), which causes Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), has brought about a global epidemic far more extensive than many other killer diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and diarrhoea, which are preventable and curable. All over the world, HIV/AIDS is causing devastation - destroying communities and families and taking away hope for the future. In the absence of a cure, and in most cases in the absence of adequate treatment, HIV/AIDS diminishes or destroys quality of life before it takes away life itself.

    The emotional and economic impact of HIV/AIDs affects a person's quality of life, family, friends and community. It affects production as well as household incomes and expenditures; it poses major problems for health systems and health care practices; it diminishes the capacity of societies to provide essential services and plan for the future; and it threatens good governance and human security.

    SRIYA intervenes with this global emergency systematically through Solidarity Group Action, exercises Behavior Change Communication, mitigates stigma and discrimination through well designed training modules, sensitizes Institutional Service Providers to bring about the necessary change, builds Communication Networks for sharing experiences, ensures Linkages with various schemes, and takes up Advocacy Action on emergency issues. Sustainable development interventions at the individual, community and national level, needs to address health as a major focus area for the socio-economic development of any country. HIV/AIDS has emerged as the greatest threat to the health of human beings and prospects of development of the nation.

  • Water, sanitation and Hygiene

    SRIYA aims for the development of an integrated approach in health, water, sanitation and hygiene in a programmatic approach by collaboration and the mutual consolidation between local actors. SRIYA acts as a resource organisation on water use, conservation and its effective management. It has built up informative data base, resource and also has acted as a training and capacity building centre for VOs, CBOs, farmers, Local youths and village leaders. Since its inception it has conducted numbers of need based training programmes on resource conservation and rejuvenation of environment. It has been acting a resource organisation for in terms of the following areas.

    • Water Conservation, Management and Drought Proofing
    • Soil and water conservation with available resources
    • Cropping with systematic land and water use
    • Agro-forestry as alternative to shifting cultivation
    • Database centre on water policy and water rights
    • Provide personnel and expert support on water and NRM
    • Networking with other agencies in national level.
    • Information centre on Water Conservation techniques
    • Provide communication experts to organise puppet shows and street plays
    • Planning with communities using tools like Participatory Rural Appraisal and Participatory Learning Action and identifying the least cost feasible option in water, sanitation sector.
    • Establishing Village water and sanitation committees and augmenting their capacities
    • Promoting gender equity by sensitizing project staff to gender issues, encouraging women participation, capacitating women in non-traditional roles for water supply and sanitation etc
    • Undertaking Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) activities in villages of GPs to assess existing knowledge, attitude and practices of people regarding water-borne and water-related diseases and sanitation
    • Organised training for NGOs Representatives and their Staff for successful implementation of community sanitation and hygiene programme.
    • School Health Programme: conducted "Student to parent education", H & H Education activities on personal hygiene through group discussions, mini exhibitions and video-shows.
    • Organising Orientation programmes on Health & Hygiene Education for youth and women groups, DWCRA groups and SHGs are given orientation and they in turn, assist the project in community mobilization at various levels.
    • Organised Jathas by school children, small and simple public functions, lectures, video-shows and mini exhibitions on particular occasions on community sanitation, health and hygiene
    • Training/orientation programmes for GP members for building Gram Panchayat's capacity in O&M
    • Induction on Communication Culture in the Water and Sanitation Sector-Training
    • Training on Community Self-improvement in Water Supply and Sanitation for community health workers, community development workers and other community-based workers
    • Gender mainstreaming in water and sanitation: Training
    • Running courses on health education aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene for NGO sector professionals and such other programmes like

    Promotion of Technical Skills

    • Participatory Assessment of Community Water Services
    • Participatory Action Development (PAD): PAD approach to community water management
    • Social mobilization and effective communication research
    • Knowledge Sharing in Water and Sanitation Sector: information and public affairs activities through the print and electronic media
    • Behavioral surveillance survey in Health Intervention projects

    Net Working of NGOs

    SRIYA has mobilized 36 NGOs working in different districts of Orissa to support its campaign and action for sustainable poverty reduction through access to drinking water and sanitation as a priority and right to information. The network organizes several water and sanitation related activities including conservation of rainwater, conducting sanitation and personal hygiene programs in schools and for rural people/ slum dwellers, organizing pro-poor policy workshops, initiating advocacy, media campaign, undertaking policy research on water and sanitation etc.

  • Livelihood & Development of Rural Economy

    SRIYA believes in incorporating concrete suggestive action plans to take the agriculture into the targeted growth rate by fulfilling the needs of small and marginal farmers in the State of Odisha. It aims to improve people’s livelihood prospects by increasing food security.

    Extensive research followed by technology transfer, proper fertilizer consumption, seed replacements and management of water resources have led to improved agricultural practices. Vigorous consultations with farmers followed by mapping of exportable agricultural produce, and strengthening linkages between trade and agriculture, have been the major expanses of governance, taking subsistence to the level of sustenance.

    SRIYA's objectives emphasize on increasing the food grain production, on enhancing the status of agriculture from subsistence to a profitable venture, generating adequate employment opportunities and reorienting agriculture towards export. Practices such as absentee landlordism, incomplete land consolidations, largely fragmented land-holdings and un-formalized tenancy have been addressed.

    SRIYA aims to:

    • Increase productivity of and income from agricultural and non-agricultural activities.
    • Improve access to land, capital, knowledge and information, the market and services for local and regional actors, households, businesses and organizations.
    • Collaborate with the local private sector.
    • Focus on a fairer distribution of benefits due to increased productivity and in particular improved access to resources.
    • Contribute to the equal development of men and women.
    • Organizes skill-Development Training for tribal youth for self-employment.

    Micro Finance & Small Economic Activities:

    Moneylenders/middle men/ traders are active in the project districts of SRIYA particularly in rural/tribal areas. They provide very small and high priced loans (up to 10 to 50 percent per month in nominal terms) with collaterals like dairy animals/standing crops/size of NTFP collected by the household in a season. SRIYA has organized women Self Help Groups (SHGs) who have become active in mobilizing deposits and in providing loans to members on a rotating and non-rotating basis. The critical elements of SRIYA's micro-credit policies are follows:

    • It has focused its efforts only on the poor
    • Loans are extended only for productive activities and not for consumption
    • The interest rate is decided by the Self Help Groups; the loan and the interest are to be repaid in monthly installments
    • All loans and repayment follow up decisions and all money-handling transactions are carried out locally in the village and in the presence of all members.
    • A powerful incentive for regular repayment is introduced in the form of assurance of a new and bigger, loan at the end of repayment cycle.
    • All members are required to undertake compulsory monthly saving of 15 rupees.

    SRIYA gives advice in financial and business development aspects which includes:

    • Development of/support to SHGs active in savings and/or loans or other financial services, from the time of their inception to their autonomous self-reliant functioning.
    • Development of/support to micro and small-size enterprises through local service organisations.
    • Consultancies in the field of micro-finance, business development and the advancement of an enabling policy framework.
    • This support usually comprises a mix of technical assistance, institution building, human resource development and the expertise to promote accompanying frame conditions, especially the legal and economic aspects.
    • As a principle, we build on our own lessons learned in the field – as well as on that of others –, creating at the same time the space necessary to promote innovations.

    SRIYA promotes local initiatives:

    • Promotion of peoples' organisations around a social issue with an economic component.
    • Linkage of self-help groups to service providers, production units and markets.
    • SRIYA has organized 1000 SHGs in different districts of Orissa. It has also adopted about 500 DWCRA groups and assisting them in market access, credit and enterprise training.

    Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs):

    SRIYA has organised rural women of Dhenkanal, Sundargarh, Jagatsinghpur, Kondhmal into 1000 Self Help Groups. The Self Help Groups have opened savings bank accounts in nearest Nationalized Banks and 15000 women members have been engaged in regular deposit of money collected as monthly deposits that ranges between Rs.10/ to 30/. The organization has linked the groups to formal financial institutions. 60 percent of the groups are engaged in small economic activities in farm sector including growing vegetables, raising nursery, rearing dairy animals and small ruminants and 50 percent of the group members are involved in off farm and non-farm activities.

    The total transaction is likely to exceed Rs 50 lakh by the end of the year 2004. SRIYA has been promoting internal lending and internal marketing by promoting the concept of inter group development, identifying the needs of different groups at different locations, building their capacity, resourcing raw materials from different groups and supplying them to those engaged in value addition through processing and packing. The approach of SRIYA has strengthened the process of backward and forward linkages.

    Guiding principles:

    SRIYA has established the following principles as important pre-requisites for initiatives, which aim to strengthen local economic activity and the private sector:

    Demand driven approach:

    Access to services and the means of production is of enormous significance to the beneficiaries and target population - to women, men and especially disadvantaged groups. Services must be appropriate to their needs and be accessible.

    Local values and potential:

    SRIYA respects local values and customs. It mobilized local knowledge and skills to achieve the optimum focus of its activities.


    Managerial and financial sustainability in the pursuit of goals is a key concern of SRIYA. Training is one means of supporting our beneficiaries in identifying their own interests and building their capacity to continue activities unassisted.

    It is not always easy to undertake economic activities in groups, but mutual trust and efficient management, which is interested in the result or is participating in the profit, are pre-requisites for this type of work.

    Risk distribution:

    Knowledge of the local economy and an understanding of the risks involved are crucial to effective advice and support. For example, whether the diversification or specialisation of production should be promoted depends on a number of factors, including the extent of economic integration, business opportunities and external risks such as climatic conditions.

    Key Concerns:

    SRIYA believes that globalisation, liberalisation and decentralisation can contribute to economic growth. However, if poverty is to be effectively tackled, there are other issues to consider such as who receives the benefits, how resources are divided and who bears the burden of the negative effects of, for example, the depletion of resources.

  • Market Support to Artisan Activities

    SRIYA has been implementing Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hastashilp Vikas Yojana (BAHVY) since 2006-07 wherein the main thrust is on a projectised, need based approach for integrated development of potential handicrafts clusters with participation of the craft persons at all stages of implementation of the scheme with the ultimate objective of their empowerment and hence sustainability.

    The scheme envisages a package of support to the cluster of handicraft artisans, which inter-alia includes basic inputs and infrastructure support in addition to capacity enhancement to cater to target markets. While it is an undisputed fact that SRIYA has intervened in meaningful ways that have led to the revival and survival of crafts in 25 villages, in the light of new economic developments of one global unified market. There is therefore, compelling urgency to fill in critical gaps, which have been taken care of by SRIYA in the scheme based on CLUSTER APPROACH.

    Handicrafts and artisan activities have now transformed into a flourishing economic activity due to significant market demand created over the years by effort of SRIYA. Handicrafts have big potential as they hold the key for sustaining not only the existing set of artisans spread over project villages, but also for increasingly large number of new entrants in the crafts activity. Presently, handicraft sector is contributing substantially in employment generation and export. But this sector has suffered due to very nature of being unorganized with additional constraints like lack of education, capital, poor exposure to new technologies, absence of market intelligence and poor institutional framework. In order to overcome these constraints, SRIYA has made following initiatives:

    • Seminars and symposiums were organized for 760 artisans with interactive sessions of different nature to focus on policy issues/ problems, sharing experiences of different clusters to improve system efficiency through problem solving and the experience sharing as a part of learning process.
    • SRIYA organized 23 exhibitions during the year to provide a marketing platform to show case and test market the products developed by the artisans of the clusters throughout the country.
    • SRIYA undertook publicity through printing and electronic media to create awareness about the hand crafted products and thus opening up new opportunities for boosting the sales of handicrafts in India and abroad through various kinds of publicity mediums.
    • SRIYA organized study cum exposure tour for 600 artisans to provide exposure to the best practices prevailing through field visit with a view to adopt and learn them for promotion and development of this sector and capacity building which included exposure to best practices of other clusters and enhanced knowledge
    • SRIYA organized entrepreneurship development programme for 800 artisans to provide necessary inputs through training for the cluster artisans for development of entrepreneurship quality. The programme ensured development of managerial skill of the artisans to perform the activities of the cluster on business mode and enhanced confidence level.
    • SRIYA has undertaken cluster specific interventions in 6 locations in order to create an institutional mechanism and to provide single window solution in an identified craft for comprehensive handholding in the following aspects:-
      • Technical & Technological information
      • Market Intelligence
      • Enterprise Development
      • Micro Finance activity
      • Reporting/Monitoring evaluation/Experience share
      • Product information
      • Raw material information
      • Cluster/producer information
  • Sustainable Agriculture

    The campaign for sustainable agriculture by SRIYA is a state-wide partnership of diverse individuals and organizations in Orissa. SRIYA has promoted grass root efforts to engage in policy development processes that result in food and agricultural systems and rural communities that are healthy, environmentally sound, profitable, humane and just.

    • SRIYA has organized farmwomen’s groups who are engaged in producing good food, making a good living and protecting the environment;
    • Communities in the project areas are connected through sustainable food production, processing and distribution systems based on fair and open markets;
    • SRIYA has undertaken campaigns on dignified livelihoods and living wages for all workers in the farm and food sector; a safe, secure food supply; access for everyone in our society to nutritious, healthful and affordable food; and
    • SRIYA educates its target groups on farming practices that produce quality food and other products, while preserving open space, abundant wildlife, and other forms of biodiversity.
    • SRIYA has promoted organic farming techniques in 23 villages. It has trained 236 farmwomen on organic farming through a range of demonstration programs. Training has been provided to the women groups on banana cultivation, floriculture, cashew processing at group facility centres, mushroom cultivation and management and maintenance of mango orchards, Dairy farming, poultry and fishery.
    • Initiated bio-agriculture activities along with SRI technique.
    • Organized Seed Bank for easy access to quality seeds.
  • Natural Resources Management

    SRIYA has demonstrated in several communities that natural resources are a key element for the reduction of poverty. Within its core competence of Natural Resource Management (NRM), SRIYA has organized a number of training programs for underprivileged populations to manage their natural resources, soil, water, vegetation, livestock, bio-diversity and renewable sources of energy like bio-mass. In support of the National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board (NAEB), SRIYA has promoted afforestation, tree planting, ecological restoration and eco-development activities in 33 project villages, with special attention to the degraded forest areas and lands adjoining the forest areas, and the ecologically fragile areas. The detailed role and functions of SRIYA are given below.

    • Restored through natural regeneration or appropriate intervention the forest cover for ecological security and to meet the fuelwood, fodder and other needs of the rural communities;
    • Restored fuelwood, fodder and other forest produce on the degraded forest and adjoining lands in order to meet the demands for these items;
    • Created general awareness and helped foster people's movement for promoting afforestation and eco-development with the assistance of Panchayati Raj institutions and others and promoted participatory and sustainable management of degraded forest areas and adjoining lands;
    • Coordinated and monitored the Action Plans for afforestation, tree planting, ecological restoration and eco-development; and
    • Evolved mechanisms for ecological restoration of degraded forest areas and adjoining lands through systematic planning and implementation, in a cost effective manner;


    • Through capacity building and institutional development, SRIYA has contributed to raising awareness, promoting equity and defending the rights of the underprivileged rural population.
    • Access to and control of natural resources depends on factors such as power, gender, socio-cultural tradition, economic status and ethnicity. SRIYA has supported the empowerment of the beneficiaries through strengthening the capacities of 500 SHGs.
    • SRIYA has mainly concentrated on rain-fed and/or micro-irrigated land husbandry; production systems with the potential for subsistence and market linkages for surplus production. Interventions are focused on the inter-actions and inter-dependencies between management of water resources, soil fertility, crop and animal production as well as forest and common lands.
    • SRIYA's priority is to validate and promote locally developed land husbandry systems (including livestock and forest). It promotes new technologies, which are compatible with traditional systems and contribute to sustainable increases in productivity and income.

    Promotion of farming systems:

    Generally there is little scope to extend farmland. Improvements in living standards of the rural population are therefore derived from lower risks and better cost/benefit ratios. Increased value added and access to market are important preconditions.

    SRIYA has tried the following approach during the year:

    • Promoted technology development in the different segments and sectors of plant production and animal husbandry, which are undertaken participatively and addressed specific situations in watershed areas of Dhenkanal.
    • Optimised the efficiency of farm labour through improved land access, quality and management of production inputs in mangrove forest areas of Mahakalpara, Kendrapara District.
    • Developed integrated production systems, which combine water, range and forest management as well as the sustainable use of common property resources in the hinterland of mangrove forest areas of Bhitarkanika, Baleswar and Bhdrak.
    • Identified appropriate approaches for NRM through the analysis of opportunities and constraints at local level at Jagatsinghpur, the study of farming systems and the promotion of participatory methods of assessment.
    • Improved and promoted sustainable water and soil management practices at Dhenkanal. Examples of SRIYA's institutional strength in this area included ground water recharge system, watershed development, sustainable production on hillsides and the improvement of smallholder production systems.
    • Enhanced mixed farming systems, which are offering the largest possible risk spreading and risk carrying capacity, essential for rural livelihood in the areas of production. Systems with high value added segments and combining crop and livestock production with preservation of a wide bio-diversity in local breeds and varieties are contributing to this objective in Ganjam District.

    Community forestry:

    • Assisted communities in protected areas of Bhitarkanika Mangrove forest and wetlands to prepare management plans which facilitate multiple resource use, including harvesting of non-timber forest products.
    • Supporting villages near mangrove forest areas of Bhitarkanika, Chilika, Mahakalpara, Bhadrak, Devi basin with community forestry projects to rehabilitate degraded lands and to revitalise community management systems for common lands.
    • Promoted sustainable forest management and people's participation in multiple resource use in Dhenkanal.
    • Increased capacity and the participation of local communities in the joint management of state forest resources at Dhenkanal.

    Extension Activities:

    • Participative technology development in land and water management, which was planned and managed by user groups in Ganjam. The groups were trained to identify the optimal blend of traditional and modern technologies and to promote bottom-up decision-making, management and accountability systems.
    • Support was extended for institutional changes at the ground level by organizing Self Help Groups to meet the needs of stakeholders and to ensure the delivery of high quality products, strengthening input and service deliveries. SRIYA supported collaborative arrangements between different actors, which made use of their comparative advantages to create productive synergies in land, water and non timber forest product management.
    • SRIYA has increased the potential of local actors for self-help through capacity building in technical, methodological and managerial fields. Priority is given to working with existing relevant institutions and organizations. Strengthening the organizations serving the interests of stakeholders has helped in increasing the bargaining power of weaker and marginalized social groups, such as women and the poor.
    • Using a two-track approach, SRIYA has become able to increase the productivity through the introduction, testing and dissemination of technology improvements in crop and livestock production.
  • Climate Change and Environment

    • Global climate change (also known as global warming) is an urgent and complex issue that has—in the last decade—become one of the most prominent concerns for both public and private institutions.  The majority of people understand climate change as an environmental issue. However, in addition to its clear environmental effects, climate change is also a significant livelihood and development issue. As global temperatures rise, disrupted weather patterns and natural disasters will plague agricultural lands, disrupt important ecosystems and destroy the livelihoods of already vulnerable communities of developing countries. These effects will be most strongly felt among poor rural, forest-dwelling and/or indigenous population whose livelihoods depend on the degrading base of land and biodiversity.
    • SRIYA approach the topic of climate change through two avenues: climate change mitigation, or climate change adaption 
    • Climate change mitigation: climate change mitigation refers to the human interventions to reduce the environmental impacts of climate change. Some climate change mitigation projects may work to prevent further temperature rise by changing the sources of greenhouse gas emissions, for example, through projects promoting renewable energy production. Some climate change mitigation projects instead aim to reduce the impact of climate change through reforestation activities.
    • Climate change adaptation: climate change adaptation typically focuses on projects that reduce the threats of climate change on a community’s interests and livelihood.  Many climate adaptation projects build the resilience of vulnerable communities to sea-level rise, droughts, etc.; such projects may be in agriculture, sustainable development, and infrastructure.

  • Disaster Response

    SRIYA emphasizes training as an essential input to improve clarity, improves skills and enhances knowledge of the practitioners.

    • SHG Management
    • Orientation programme for SHG leaders on SHG management
    • Orientation programme for SHG leaders on SHG Federation Concepts
    • Training no SHG Record Keeping & Accountancy
    • Training on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes
    • Training on Organic farming
    • Strengthening PRIs
    • Orientation Programme For SHG Members on 73rd Amendment,  Gram Sabha and Palli Sabha
    • Orientation for Women PRI Members
    • Orientation on Right To Information to SHG & PRI Members
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