Disaster Resilient Livelihood – AJSA India
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Disaster Resilient Livelihood

Birmaharajpur Block in Sonepur District is based near the Mahanadi Basin region. Around 50-80% of the rural population in different parts of the block are small and marginal farmers and primarily dependent on agriculture. Some are also dependent on weaving, clothes, fishing, daily labour and share cropping. Due to frequent floods in the region, farm-based livelihood is at risk and often leads population engaged in agriculture unemployed for months. Forced to work as labour, such households are exploited and often migrate in search of better employment as well.

Since, June 2017, AJSA has been engaged in the region to reduce the risk of floods in a sustainable livelihood framework. “Building Resilient communities in floodplains of Brahmaputra and Mahanadi Delta in Assam and Odisha” is an intervention which builds the resilience of the communities by combining the approaches of community managed disaster risk reduction, sustainable eco system and livelihood management. The objective of the programme is to increase the income of the flood affected communities by promoting resilient livelihood practices and upscaling innovative livelihood measures, build capacity of communities and local institutions on issues of preparedness and mitigation and ensure implementation in development planning and build an enabling environment for influencing policy decisions related to issues on disaster preparedness and risk mitigation measures.

Since June 2017, the AJSA has been actively involved in the reduction of flood risks in the region by implementing sustainable livelihood practices. The “Building Resilient Communities in Floodplains of Brahmaputra and Mahanadi Delta in Assam and Odisha” program is an intervention that aims to enhance the resilience of communities by combining community-managed disaster risk reduction, sustainable ecosystem management, and livelihood management approaches.

The primary objective of the program is to increase the income of flood-affected communities by promoting resilient livelihood practices and upscaling innovative livelihood measures. This includes building the capacity of communities and local institutions in issues related to preparedness and mitigation. The program also aims to ensure that the implementation of such measures is integrated into development planning, and create an enabling environment for influencing policy decisions related to disaster preparedness and risk mitigation.

As part of this program, AJSA has been working in the Sonepur and Puri districts to build the capacities of the communities by promoting resilient livelihood practices. These practices have resulted in an additional 20-30% increase in income for the community members through their livelihood activities such as agriculture, fishing, livestock rearing, and other resource-based incomes. Overall, the program has been successful in enhancing the resilience of the communities and improving their livelihoods while reducing the risk of floods in the region.

Key Achievements-

  • Resilient agriculture practice reduced losses of crop by 54%.
  • Created 30 VDMC and Disaster Management task forces in nine villages by mobilising 540 volunteers also linked them with DDMA, Subanapur and Puri district
  • After creation of HRVCA analysis one Flood Embankment has been created through MGNREGA schemes amounting 90lakhs. The said embankment will stop the flood water in a result crops will be saved from sand casting and water logging in villages.
  • 20 agricultures producer groups has been formed and linked with OLM and ATMA
  • 410 women (43 SHGs) were linked with OLM
  • 4030 women leader are linked with Mission Sakti and ORMAS
  • 1034 farmers have received Kissan Card
  • 104 Farmers have earned Rs, 800,000.00 from 10 acres of model demonstration blackgram field. It was cultivated in a model plot,which was prepared in joint collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra,Subarnapur.and AJSA
  • 9 Model seed cum grain banks has been developed where over 25 indigenous seeds varieties has been preserved and it is also helping the communities during the time of agricultural activities.
  • Community members knowledge on WASH, Disaster Preparedness and climate resilient agriculture practices has been increased. Beside that task forces members are trained on Search and Rescue basic first aid etc.
  • 30 Agriculture Contingency Plans has been prepared in alignment with district agriculture contingency plan. And the village level Disaster Management committees have taken the responsibility to update it frequently.
  • 120 farmers earn 24 Lakhs of revenue.
  • 500 farmers have increased their income by 60% after practicing inter cropping and integrated cropping in Rabi and Kharif season.
  • 50 farmers get 42% more yield after following Agro advisories.
  • 36 Village level WASH skilled farmers taking care of water and sanitation issues in 9 villages of Sonepur.
  • 948 families included in Disaster Preparedness Plan.
  • 410 farmers have earned 55 Lakhs through linkage with Govt. entitlements.