In recent years, Government of India has been making large investment to promote inclusive growth through massive poverty reduction and entitlements based programs, such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, National Rural Livelihood Mission and National Skill Development Corporation. The recent development also includes; Right to foods through which, it protects poor and vulnerable from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. Despite decades of effort and investment, we still have poverty majorly concentrated among small and marginal producers primarily belonging to scheduled tribes and scheduled casts (ST&SC), who are both geographically and socially excluded from the mainstream. Slow growth of agriculture sector is a growing concern which in recent times becoming less remunerative. Constantly declining outputs and land size, the demand is increasing on enhancing production and productivity as well as creating opportunities outside farming. Reaching the poorest has been a major challenge due to the huge diversification of people and nature of activities they are engaged into.
Poor needs to move up the value chain by continuous handholding support in agriculture, forest and non-farm livelihood initiatives,
Linkage with Government schemes is essential for improving support system and sustenance of livelihood activity.
NFI is currently making small grants to NGOs for food security and market-led livelihood interventions for the small and marginal producers. The partner organizations are addressing livelihood security through community mobilization, input facilitation along with locally suitable practices and technology, skill building and facilitating linkages with various stakeholders.
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