Sustainable Livelihoods Cell

    We at LAVS understand that a livelihood is sustainable when it can cope with and recover from the stresses and shocks and maintain or enhance its capabilities and assets both now and in the future without undermining the natural resource base LAVSí programmes for sustainable livelihoods refers to make the existing livelihoods patter more dynamic, productive and permanent in nature or shifting to other livelihoods means which can ensure sustainability. It mostly uses an asset based approach to poverty alleviation, examining how individuals leverage assets and cope with external sources of shock or stress.

LAVS programme for sustainable agriculture and livelihoods enhancement included:

    • Promotion of farmers’ groups/ cooperatives for accessing government and other support, utilizing CPR, and counteracting forces of land alienation
    • Promotion of integrated watershed regime.
    • Experiential blending of traditional practices, bio-farming and ‘modern’ intensive farming
    • Capacity building and hands-on support to small and marginal farmers
    • Demonstration of best practices for replication by others
    • Entrepreneurship Development Programmes
    • Formation of SHGs, Federations, Producer Cooperatives & Marketing Societies
    • Capacity building of SHGs, Intermediaries and group federations/ Vocational Training/ Business development Planning
    • Micro enterprise promotion
    • Establishment of linkages between groups and different income generating programmes of the government
    • Mobilization of forest dependents into groups and networks for assertion of rights to access and control local resources and trading/ Value chain interventions/ Value addition and promotion of NTFP trade