Promotion of Livelihood activities has been regular focus of the organization. The organization believes in value addition, introduction of new technology , improvement in the current livelihood activities and innovation to enhance their income and simultaneously to improve their social and economic status. Drudgery reduction among the farmers and women has been key in which the organization has focussed regularly while introducing any livelihood activities. We continued with the two broad livelihood streams, namely, enhancing productivity of natural resources and promoting home-based micro-enterprises. Income enhancement (rather than expenditure reduction) remains the main focus of our programmes. The natural resource programme comprises of agriculture, horticulture and other tree-based activities, livestock rearing, small-scale irrigation and watershed development. Poultry, Piggry and Fishery have been micro-enterprises are largely been promoted
Integrated natural resource management (INRM) is the demand of present scenario where there is imbalances in ecology. NRM based livelihood activities has been key strategy of the organization to enhance their income. The families are being facilitated to harness natural resources available with them, emphasizing on land based livelihood , animal husbandry to enhance their livelihoods For the purpose different farm based demonstration and testing has been adopted to replicate with larger section of the society.
Natural Resource Development (NRD) Unit works with local communities in three key areas:
Jan Sahyog Kendras work on dry land management has been one of the main component in integrated watershed development work. Comprehensive treatment of all land falling within micro watersheds has become a very important element of the NRD strategy. The integrated approach has initiated with soil and water conservation across the watershed, from the upper reaches to the lower reaches. Subsequently, plantations, grazing lands, and various water management interventions are introduced. Community members undertake all the physical labour, which is coordinated by their watershed committee. This year, 500 of land in total were treated under the watershed development programme.
Water scarcity in the area is major problem. Storing rainwater received during the monsoons, establishing a variety of irrigation methods and more recently exploring drinking water interventions, JSK has been working to help communities address these concerns. To date, JSK has supported the construction of 69 anicuts (earthen water harvesting structures), 60 pounds and 44 irrigation systems.
Promotion irrigation and land levelling under INRM:
Over the years, JSK has taken up several activities to address the issue of clean drinking water, such as the construction of parapet wells, repair of hand pumps, water chlorination and awareness campaigns.
2,378 farmers have been involved in a variety of interventions under the agricultural programme , interventions cover training for improved farming practices, support for horticulture plantation, vegetable cultivation, crop development through crop trials and taking up vermin-composting.
The idea behind this intervention is to strengthen the capacity of these farmers to produce vegetables at the village level for both self-consumption and income generation. As the results of these interventions having proved quite promising, the introduction of new initiatives such as the use of drip irrigation systems and sprinklers are being introduced