Project Case Studies

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VRC

In order to provide the rural people with useful and timely information related to farming practices, the Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), in partnership with Change Alliance, has set up Village Resource Centres (VRC) in clusters of villages. These VRCs are steadily becoming single-window delivery mechanisms for information, agricultural inputs, agricultural and weather advisories. The VRCs are playing a significant role in the capacity building of the community to enhance its awareness and knowledge levels.

SAAL-Tracker

The goal of the Sustainable Agro Alliance (SAAL) intervention, a consortium of social sector organisations and Change Alliance, is to connect agri-entrepreneurs to the value chain to improve livelihoods of poor farmers from excluded communities and to improve access to healthy food for consumers across Tamil Nadu. SAAL has created a mobile tracker to include agri-entrepreneurs and streamline information communications across the agricultural value chain. The mobile app has the ability to capture and share data fed by agri-entrepreneurs via a cloud platform.

Organic-Farming

Supported by Change Alliance, Sustainable Agro Alliance (SAAL) is a consortium of civil society organisations which is training agripreneurs, who in turn are training farmers to shift to sustainable organic farming. Change Alliance is supporting the Eco- veg programme which is improving the livelihoods of poor farmers from excluded communities, especially women, and is increasing availability of healthy food to consumers across Tamil Nadu by addressing smallholder farmer’s barriers to market access.

Disaster-management

Floods are nothing new to the people of Bihar, India’s most flood-vulnerable state. In 2011, Christian Aid along with its partner CASA initiated the Bihar Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management (CSDRM) Project to address the post-flood recovery and development of marginalised dalit and tribal communities in Supaul District. Unlike previous top-down interventions, the project sought to understand the impact of flooding and other risks from the community’s perspective through a participatory community planning process using Christian Aid’s Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (PVCA) tools. These risk-based approaches differ from conventional needs based approaches in a number of ways.

Livelihood

Change Alliance partner Samarthak Samiti was formed to support forest produce collectors overcome the challenges of procuring and marketing forest produce in a sustainable and efficient manner. Samarthak Samiti helps its members to process, package and market their products in order to secure better prices and increase sales. The success of this work has led to expansion and the inclusion of a range of forest produce, including honey and black plums that are processed into vinegar. An important part of the successful growth of honey sales has been the branding chosen for the product. The honey is marketed under the Desert Greens brand and the marketing strategy emphasises that it is sustainably harvested and is additive and preservative free.