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Livelihood Development Program

What is Livelihood?

Livelihood comprises the capabilities, assets, and activities required for a means of living.  It is deemed sustainable when it can cope with and recover from stresses and shocks and maintain or enhance its capabilities, assets, and activities both now and in the future, while not undermining the natural resource base. The Sustainable Livelihoods Approach The sustainable livelihoods approach is a way of thinking about the objectives, scope, and priorities for development activities. It is based on evolving thinking about the way the poor and vulnerable live their lives and the importance of policies and institutions. It helps formulate development activities that are • People-centered • Responsive and participatory • Multilevel • Conducted in partnership with the public and private sectors • Dynamic • Sustainable The sustainable livelihoods approach facilitates the identification of practical priorities for actions that are based on the views and interests of those concerned but they are not a panacea. It does not replace other tools, such as participatory development, sector-wide approaches, or integrated rural development. However, it makes the connection between people and the overall enabling environment that influences the outcomes of livelihood strategies. It brings attention to bear on the inherent potential of people in terms of their skills, social networks, access to physical and financial resources, and ability to influence core institutions. Appreciative inquiry—originally developed as a tool for industry to avoid negative approaches to problem-solving—extends this constructive outlook. Appreciative inquiry is a highly inclusive process that maximizes the positive (as opposed to minimizing the negative) in which a community takes responsibility for generating and gathering information and then forms strategies based on the most positive experiences of the past.

:: Community Institutions ::

Sustained investment in building up human and operational aspects of organizations can improve their overall programming and ensure long-term sustainability. The Tata Trusts’ long-term vision is to enable a cohesive ecosystem for effective civil society action, thereby positively impacting the lives of marginalized communities. This thematic intervention aspires to strengthen the institutional capacities of associates and partners and to fortify the larger ecosystem of civil society.

Strengthening community institutions has two primary objectives:

  • To strengthen institutional capacities of partner and associate organizations
  • To strengthen the larger ecosystem of civil society action.

The ecosystem under this thematic intervention can be broadly classified into:

  • Village Level Community Institutions
  • Cluster Level Community Institutions
  • Apex Level (District/State) Community Institutions.


India’s food security depends on the production of diverse crops to meet the demands of its growing population. Moreover, agriculture is still the backbone of the Indian economy as 70% of India’s population depends directly or indirectly on agriculture for livelihood. However, farmers in many areas of the country face challenges due to the decreasing fertility of the soil, unavailability of good irrigation facilities, low yields.

fluctuation in market prices, etc. According to the World Bank, a focus on three key areas will impact the country’s overall development and the improved welfare of its rural poor:

  • Raise agricultural productivity per unit of land through crop diversification
  • Reduce rural poverty through policies that benefit tribal communities, poor and marginalized communities, women, and scheduled castes
  • Ensure food security through a productive, diversified agricultural sector

Efficient India charitable foundation is ready to set up & launch such type of livelihood development strategies.

Call us if you have any ideas about sustainable livelihood development in rural areas.

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