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Project Pitch By: Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF)

 

Proposed Project Title


Rekindling Hopes: Responding COVID & AMPHAN disaster for revival of Livelihood options through Back Yard Poultry (BYP) development in Sandeshkhali

 

Thematic Area

Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care, sanitation & safe drinking water

Sub Thematic Area

Livelihood Programmes

Project Synopsis

As a duel effect of COVID-19 lock down and Amphan disaster, thousands of people in Sandeshkhali Block under Sundarban delta, are passing their life inside flood relief centre with minimum food, drinking water and sanitary facility. The cyclone, broke long kilometres river embankments, flooded 90% of total villages and crop land, killed many livestock, destroyed thousands of mud houses, broke down all night shelter of pet animals. It has to be kept in mind that the affected people need immediate relief support as well as to rebuild their economic earning source and restart their market demand-based livelihoods for sustainable economic earnings towards food security in long run. For this there is an urgent need for an interim support to revive their livelihood initiatives, which many of them were started pre Covid-19 & Pre Amphan with focus on BYP development.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.3 Cr - INR 0.6 Cr
Proposed Location
West Bengal

Key Project Partners
NGOs

Project Status
Proposed
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Tribals
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Daily Wage labourers
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 500 - 1000 Families
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

Digambarpur Angikar in partnership with Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation [BRLF] initiated a five years duration, Livelihood development & socio-economic empowerment project with 11,000 tribal households in Sandeshkhali-I Block since November 2015 and later concentrated on market demand based Back Yard Poultry development project with a group of 800 tribal women through collective approach since January, 2020. 800 poor marginalised HHs from four Gram Panchayat enrolled their names with four different producer organizations and initiated production of indigenous birds.On an average every HH members built their own night shelter for birds and rearing average: 6 to 8 indigenous [deshi] birds and started of selling birds as well as eggs at local market/ Haat and through local middleman and earning average Rs 2000.00 to 3000.00 per months.
But sudden incidents of lock down due to COVID-19 and later devastating super cyclone Amphan, broke river embankments, flooded the villages, killed their livestock, destroyed mud houses, broke down all BYP night shelter as well as this entire infrastructure built up during livelihood development initiative. Their dream to become economically self-dependent comes to an end.
Under this situation, assessing present socio economic vulnerability, there is an urgent need to rebuild the half done BYP livelihood opportunity with active community engagement and providing some portion of backup material support to gear up the initiative by their own in long term.
The main goal of the project is to rebuild supplementary income source by improving Backyard Poultry Value chain to increase livelihood status among the Amphan cyclone affected poor women force at Sandeshkhali–I Block of Sundarban delta region.

Digambarpur Angikar in partnership with Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF) initiated a five years duration, Livelihood development & socio-economic empowerment project with 11,000 tribal households in Sandeshkhali-I Block since November 2015 and later concentrated on market demand based Back Yard Poultry (BYP) development project with a group of 800 tribal women through collective approach since January, 2020. 800 poor marginalised HHs from four Gram Panchayat enrolled their names with four different producer organizations and initiated production of indigenous birds.On an average every HH members built their own night shelter for birds and rearing average: 6 to 8 indigenous [deshi] birds and started of selling birds as well as eggs at local market/ Haat and through local middleman and earning average Rs 2000.00 to 3000.00 per month.


But sudden incidents of lock down due to COVID-19 and later devastating super cyclone Amphan, broke river embankments, flooded the villages, killed their livestock, destroyed mud houses, broke down all BYP night shelter as well as this entire infrastructure built up during livelihood development initiative. Their dream to become economically self-dependent comes to an end.


Under this situation, assessing present socio economic vulnerability, there is an urgent need to rebuild the half done BYP livelihood opportunity with active community engagement and providing some portion of backup material support to gear up the initiative by their own in long term.


The main goal of the project is to rebuild supplementary income source by improving Backyard Poultry Value chain to increase livelihood status among the Amphan cyclone affected poor women force at Sandeshkhali–I Block of Sundarban delta region.

 
 

Salient Features

  1. Providing immediate relief support during this disaster to make them confident and mitigate immediate impact.
  2. Providing infrastructure and kick off support to each Households /members to start BYP production.
  3. Strengthening community managed Back Yard Poultry producer organization with average 200 members in each producer organization.
 

About Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF)

Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) was set up by the Government of India as an independent society under the Ministry of Rural Development, to scale up civil society action in partnership with the central and state governments. The Union Cabinet decided to form Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) through its decision on 3rd September 2013 to ensure better implementation and outreach of the government schemes and programmes in partnership with civil society organizations. It came into existence as an independent society on 10th December 2013 with an initial amount of INR 500 crore to be allocated in two instalments to create the corpus of this new society.

 

The principal objective of BRLF is to empower rural India, ameliorating the lives of its impoverished populace, especially the indigenous tribes and strengthening their confidence in the government and Indian democracy, in coordination with CSOs, Government of India and governments of various states. BRLF aims to better channelize funds allocated by governments, banks, corporates and other philanthropic foundations for various public programmes, and ensure their proper implementation at the grassroots to generate best results.

 

Working in tandem with civil society organisations that have a local presence, BRLF ensures that the desired results are produced through right strategies as well as efforts. BRLF supports a variety of projects across the breadth of the country, particularly in the states of Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telegana and Gujarat that form Central India.

 
 

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