In the North-East though there are several rural development programmes underway, still there are major challenges and gaps in the poverty and livelihood sector. The project will have three pronged approach to livelihood strengthening for achieving sustainable development. These are:
- Social empowerment
- Economic empowerment
- Partnership and linkages
Under each of these approaches the project would seek to achieve the following:
- Empower the most disadvantaged people in the community – women and the youth in particular – through building coalitions and their institutions to participate more effectively in the developmental process supported by the project and to increase their access and control over assets and services,
- Enable the target group to take full advantage of the poverty reduction programme of government and other agencies through effective convergent action with local government, line departments and technical agencies,
- Achieve increased participation of women in local institutions and in the decision-making process,
- Promote bottom-up participatory planning approach at all levels.
- Enhance saving capacity of the SHGs and increase their access to sources of credit through linkages with banks and other financial institutions,
- Involve the youth to participate in social developmental activities and
- Scale up the innovative approaches for poverty reduction and increased food security as successfully demonstrated in the NERCORM Project.
- Ensure social, economic, environmental and gender equity by developing effective institutional mechanism.
- Enhance capacities of the communities in terms of knowledge, skill and input involved in implementing the economic development programmes,
- Increase productivity and profitability of disadvantaged farming households and generation of multiple livelihood opportunities through diversification and integration of production system with agriculture including crop, animal husbandry, fisheries, forestry, agro-forestry and agri-business by making appropriate value chain analysis and have synchronization among production-processing-marketing.
- Provide linkage to the communities for credit, extension, insurance, market with financial institution, government organization, line department and private bodies.
- Provide opportunity to improve food security through interventions in farm activities by disseminating ecologically benign technology based on effective natural resource management along with generation of skilled and market driven non-farm employment opportunities.
- Promote business with ecologically sound and sustainable farming practices and making production system economically rewarding by bringing productivity revolution, income and livelihood generation and market evolution through economies of scale,
- Provide skill development programmes/vocational trainings to village youth (men and women) for gainful employment,
- Develop value chain relationship. Assess value addition needs and facilitate the same. at community level for ensuring more profit.
- Create micro and small scale businesses around value addition activities and establish effective market linkages for better price realization,
- Develop enterprise around market demands, especially with youth groups
- Asset enhancement strategies built around SHGs and Producer Groups.
- Develop linkage with banks and financial institutions (government and/or privately owned) for credit access to members of groups and their economic organizations,
- Build synergy and develop linkage with government departments for accessing and co-implementing various schemes and programmes of the government,
- Facilitate market based interventions for improving agricultural productivity and profitability through production of critical mass,
- Strengthen such tie ups into sustainable business partnerships,
- Work with service providers to access various professional services related to accounts and finance, legal rights, technology, markets, etc.
- Develop linkages with research institutions and technology providers,
- Develop partnerships with input suppliers and other value chain participants including value chain stakeholders and
- Assess capabilities & infrastructural gaps and look for point of convergence at local levels to avoid crowded playing field