Our goal is to support families not just in the short-run, but also as they go through the arduous process of rebuilding their lives and livelihoods. Kranti samaj works alongside communities to establish permanent housing, sustainable access to clean water, food security, access to a quality education, and re-establish livelihoods. Our livelihood interventions enable families to enhance income and provide better for their children. Kranti samaj provides economic assistance for better agriculture, livestock and small businesses. We also enhance market access for farmers and entrepreneurs and equip youths with employable skills. To ensure a successful livelihood programme, the community members identify the business activity that is suitable for them in the local context and can be sustained. The community members are also trained by technical experts on the best way to promote the Business. In order to enable families to enhance income and thereby livelihood, kranti samaj promotes interventions in the areas of agriculture (production, value addition, food processing, organic farming, irrigation, water development, product marketing etc), livestock development, enhancement of market access, skill up gradation of unemployed youths and community empowerment. kranti samaj partners with community based organisations to ensure close monitoring of programmes and greater success. The expertise, resources and infrastructure of government technical agencies are also optimally utilised in the process of developing livelihood potentials of communities. Kranti samaj focuses on empowering people’s organisations, self help groups (SHGs) and community collectives so that they mobilise additional resources for sustainable livelihood. The management and conservation of the natural resource base, the orientation of technological change in such a manner as to ensure the attainment of continued satisfaction of human needs for present and future generations. Sustainable agriculture conserves land, water, and plant and animal genetic resources, and is environmentally non-degrading, technically appropriate, economically viable and socially acceptable.”
Through sustainable agriculture, kranti samaj helps communities develop forms of food production that are economically viable, ecologically sound, socially just and supportive of rural culture.
Through locally-determined agricultural experimentation, small-scale farmers in marginal, ecologically-fragile areas learn low-cost resource conservation techniques to preserve biodiversity, regenerate soil fertility, manage water and increase their production while reducing dependence on externally purchased inputs. Farmer experimentation with simple techniques, and farmer-to-farmer sharing of successes, are central to our methodology.
An example of a kranti samaj sustainable agriculture program is in odisha khurdha district where kranti samaj has introduced a System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to a small group of farmers. These techniques increase rice production 30-50%, use less water and emit less methane. Rural Livelihoods
Increasingly, rural people do not depend on agriculture alone to survive, but have diversified livelihood strategies. Recognizing this, kranti samaj supports communities in carrying out holistic analysis of their forms of production, sources of income and expenses, and how they can mobilize their assets, natural resource base, individual knowledge and organizational capacity to improve their well-being.
Strategies include support for savings and credit groups, seed and grain storage banks to buffer against food shortages, processing and marketing of products and income generation through small enterprises.
An example of a kranti samaj rural livelihood program was established in the Bhapur district of nayaghar where vegetable demonstration plots were created in every village to enhance vegetable production. Training on vegetable production and preservation was offered by kranti samaj staff. Kitchen gardens were established at individual farms to enable farmers’ access to vegetables for consumption and to save by not having to purchase vegetables. A vegetable common interest group was formed to facilitate on-farm marketing of any excess produce. This program not only provides a boost to vegetable consumption, it also offers an extra source of income.