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To know us more; our approach, efforts, values, vision, objectives, and opinions follow our blogs. Written by the members of the team BRLF and closely associated distingusihed GB and EC members, they are the best to know us and make our relationship purposeful, productive and long lasting.

Bikas Sardar, 34, has been working as a migrant labourer for more than 10 years. He is semi-literate and unskilled, and, therefore, Sardar never had the luxury of holding a permanent job at one particular location. Sardar went where the labour contractor took him. In the last four years, he has been working at construction and pipeline-laying sites in Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata.

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Bikas Sardar, 34, has been working as a migrant labourer for more than 10 years. He is semi-literate and unskilled, and, therefore, Sardar never had the luxury of holding a permanent job at one particular location. Sardar went where the labour contractor took him. In the last four years, he has been working at construction and pipeline-laying sites in Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata.

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Bikas Sardar, 34, has been working as a migrant labourer for more than 10 years. He is semi-literate and unskilled, and, therefore, Sardar never had the luxury of holding a permanent job at one particular location. Sardar went where the labour contractor took him. In the last four years, he has been working at construction and pipeline-laying sites in Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata.

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PARTICIPATORY GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT (PGWM)

Is ‘out of sight’ truly ‘out of mind’? That’s what many water experts in India believe when it comes to our groundwater. The fact is, as a country, we are greatly dependent on groundwater, being the largest users in the world. According to reports, at just over 260 cubic km per year, India uses 25 percent of all groundwater extracted globally, ahead of the US and China.Equally significant, 70 percent of the water used in agriculture today is groundwater.In fact, according to a report by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in 2012, 90 per cent of rural water and 48 per cent of urban water supply is sourced from groundwater resources. Thus, it is evident that groundwater is a lifeline for the country. That said, there is little understanding of the importance of groundwater, in both the policy and public spheres.

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  • We have reached 67,306 Households and Covered 29,843 Hectares of farmland.
  • Increasing availability of healthy and quality food and safe water.
  • Protecting soil, insect and animal bio-diversity.
  • Enhancing farmer profitability.
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CERTIFICATE PROGRAMME IN RURAL LIVELIHOODS (CPRL)

Building capacity dissolves differences and irons out inequalities. These words by former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam echo our philosophy at BRLF. With the capacity gap at the grassroots causing a chasm between outlays and outcomes, we have set up a capacity-building vertical for existing and aspiring rural professionals in the country. One of its initiatives is the Certificate Programme in Rural Livelihoods (CPRL).

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BRLF has designed a unique and innovative training program called the Certificate Program in Rural Livelihoods (CPRL) to address the challenge of scarce trained human resources at the field level particularly focused on tribal areas. It is a six month residential training program with 16 different modules in rural livelihoods delivered by 15 knowledge partners across nine states of India. BRLF in collaboration with IIHMRU has successfully completed 4 batches of CPRL with a collective strength of 116 tribal students graduating under it. The first batch of CPRL started on 15th of November’ 2016, covering a journey of great learning and experiences across 13 locations in 7 states and it got completed on the 24th of May’ 2017. At the moment the fifth and sixth batch are in progress with another 58 candidates going through the course.

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JHARNADHARA PROJECT

One proven climate adaptation strategy is the springshed approach, which combines landscape, watershed and aquifer management. With this in mind, in April 2017 BRLF launched the Jharnadhara project with the MGNREGA cell of the West Bengal and PRASARI in collaboration with the Advanced Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM) and with the funding support from Arghyam to undertake springshed development pilots with the assistance of civil society organisations (CSOs). The project aims to develop 616 springsheds in four districts—Darjeeling, Alipurduar, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri—to revive 457 natural springs. (The majority of the springs are in Darjeeling district.)

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Despite adequate rainfall the 4 districts of Northern West Bengal suffer from extreme water crisis. The pressures of urban demand as well as erratic effects of climate change have added to these water woes. BRLF has partnered with the MGNREGA cell of the West Bengal in collaboration with the Advanced Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM) to undertake the Jharnadhara Project. The project aims to develop 616 springsheds across the districts of Darjeeling, Alipurduar, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri.
We at BRLF believe the Jharnadhara project will be an exemplar for states to fight this battle, armed with the power of civil society and the strength of local communities.

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STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY ACTION FOR PVT GROUPS

To be marginalised is to be excluded from the national discourse and, more often than not, development. This rings sadly true for the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal (PVT) Groups of India. Geographic isolation has compounded problems like poverty, illiteracy, unhygienic living conditions, unavailability of healthcare and nutritional services, deforestation, pre-agricultural levels of technology and lack of access to safe drinking water. And being the poorest of the poor, they have been hit hardest by climate change.

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BRLF is undertaking a project named ‘Strengthening Civil Society Action for Transforming Lives of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups’
With the support of the European Union to promote Inclusive Development. The project is being implemented across 279 villages in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. The idea is to enhance the quality of outcomes of the grassroots CSO intervention in the areas of water and clean energy in the wake of increasing climate change, build the capacities of CSOs in resource mobilization, advocacy and policy dialogues. Also to drive innovation in program content and strategy for improved climate resilience in water and clean energy sector

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The project aspires to enhance the income of 100,000 small and marginal farmers on a sustainable basis. A consortium of 13 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are facilitating land and water treatment measures covering 694,500 hectares of catchments across three zones, of 12 districts in the state of Chhattisgarh and improve the cropping intensity in about 350,000 hectares of land.
Livelihoods of approximately 5 lakh households will be positively impacted by these treatments. A total of 1388 micro-watersheds are expected to be treated under the project.

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BRLF is continuously maximising the quality, scale and impact of developmental work in the Central Indian Tribal belt.
Come join the most impactful programs driving India’s development into the next decade.

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Agriculture Production Cluster

This four year project is a collaborative initiative of the Department of Horticulture, OLM, Government of Odisha, BRLF, PRADAN and 16 local CSOs to ensure doubling of income of 100,000 small and marginal farmers especially women by establishing 650 Producer Groups (PG) aggregated to form 30 APCs/Producer Company (PC) in 40 blocks of 12 highland districts. Of these about 64% households belong to ST and SC Communities.

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PROMOTION OF AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION CLUSTERS

‘Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.’ This oft-quoted statement is not just hyperbole. The first occupation of humankind, agriculture is the foundation of civilization and industry. And even today, a thriving farm sector is a prerequisite for a stable economy and has immense potential to combat poverty and maximise human capital.

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Promotion of Agriculture Production Cluster (APC) in Tribal Regions of Odisha is a collaborative effort by Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment, Department of Panchayatiraj & Drinking Water, and Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN). The project aims to sustainably double the income of 1 lakh small and marginal families by establishing the model of Agriculture Production Cluster (APC) in 40 backward Blocks of the State.

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Standing at the brink of 2020,We have been able to mobilise INR 47.07 Cr
And generate 470,000 person days, under the MGNREGA-UsharMukti schemes.

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Ushar Mukti

It has been said that ‘water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium’. Undoubtedly, water is intrinsic to life. While its absence parches land and impoverishes people, its presence in abundance is a growth engine that spurs progress.

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Ensuring Water Security. Building sustainable livelihoods. Maximising impact through efficient partnerships between State Government and CSOs. Ushar Mukti has been an unprecedented integrative solution for rejuvenating fallow and barren lands.

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In 5 years we have managed to reach 5,84,830 households in some of the poorest and most backward districts of the Central Indian Tribal belt. Watch to find out more about our thematic focus.

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We at BRLF are unique in our strategy to build efficient partnerships between the Government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). This partnership mobilises Government resources to upscale developmental efforts while optimising the reach and implementation capabilities of the Civil Society Organisations. This helps in building tremendous social and human capital for all our programmes.

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More than 50% of 104 Million Adivasis in India live under the poverty line. We at BRLF are committed to restore the dignity of the Adivasis and their faith in the system. Follow us to witness this unique effort in unleashing the power of collaboration between the Government and Civil Society organisations.

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