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UP Livelihood Network

India is witnessing a series of changes since early nineties. Unprecedented number of farmers suicides, big corporate houses entering into retail business, land allocation for Special Economic Zones, boom in information technology and IT enabled services, zero growth rates in employment, are among such events that needs introspection.

Understanding the livelihood systems of the poor is crucial to effective poverty reduction. Livelihood of the poor can never be understood in any one-track logic – be it economic, social, technical, cultural or political. The livelihood system is more than just a set of physico-economic preconditions for continued existence. It also encompasses psychosocial dimensions of experiencing living.

IISD’s livelihood approach puts households of the poor as its central focus. It takes holistic consideration of things that the poor might be vulnerable to, assets and resources that help them thrive and survive, policies and institutions that impact their livelihoods, how the poor respond to threats and opportunities and what sort of outcomes the poor aspire to.

In the state of Uttar Pradesh agriculture and allied activities support livelihoods of nearly 70 percent of rural population. In recent years, land based livelihoods of small and marginal farmers are increasingly becoming unsustainable, since their land has not been able to support the family’s food requirements and fodder for their cattle. As a result, rural households are forced to look at alternative means for supplementing their livelihoods. Slowdown in agriculture growth and productivity, changing cropping patterns, increase in distress migration, changing consumption patterns, government policies favouring industrial houses, among others have seriously undermined the food and livelihood security of he poorer households.

Considering the overall pressures on the rural poor and decreasing livelihood options, IISD took initiative to form a network of like minded organization who are working in rural areas on livelihood promotion activities. Presently the secretariat of “Uttar Pradesh Livelihood Network is situated at Lucknow with IISD. The organizations and area of operation had been selected on the single parameter where the percentage of small and marginal farmers is high and the farmers are facing problems of low productivity.

Partners

The following are partners of IISD in its march towards development of the community.

1. Tarun Chetna Sansthan
(Md. Nasim Ansari, Director, Prithaviganj Bazar (Patti), Pratapgarh, 230 135, UP)

TCS is a registered (1994) voluntary organization working in 3 district of up and is registered under 12A and FCRA, with a prime objective of upliftment of poorest communities especially the marginalized women & farmers. It has a well established office, infrastructure and skilled staff to execute any programme. It has worked with number of reputed agencies including foreign funding organizations.

2. Adhyan Foundation
(Dr. Mukta Gupta, Managing Trustee, A-89, Kamla Nehru Nagar,Khurram Nagar, Lucknow-22, Tele 0522 2329431)

Registered Trust in the year 2004, the organization works in Central U.P. It has also applied for registration under FCRA. The organization is engaged in activities related to people's rights, child education, drinking water, self-help group promotion, management of common and natural resource management, and other such livelihood issues. It has worked in collaboration with Ministry of Environment & Forest and Govt. of U.P. Gender and development, community partnership, sustainability of agriculture and equity are main guiding principles in operationalization of the activities. It is working with a number of networks active on related issues.

3. Raza Hussain Memorial Charitable Socity
(Dr Aftab Alam, General Secretary, Village and PO Majhawan, District Kanpur Nagar – 209 207,Uttar Pradesh)

RHMCS is a voluntary organization registered in 1993. It is also registered under 12A and FCRA (136530071, dated April 04, 2003) and has acquired PAN No. AAATR8005Q. It is registered with the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities under the National Trust Act, 1999. Registration number 2422/COMP/2003, dated March 31, 2003. RHMCS is working in 4 district of UP among the most deprived sections of the society. It has worked with number of reputed funding agencies like CAPART, NORRAD, DRDA, NABARD etc.

4. Gyan Vigyan Samiti
(Mr Hemant Nandan Ojha, Director, 55 Nandan Kuteer, Balipur, Pratapgarh, UP)

GVS is a voluntary organization registered in 1993. It is also registered in 12A and FCRA (136630030). GVS is working in 2 districts Pratapgarh and Raibarely in UP. It has a vast 14 year experience working among the women, farmers, SC, and youths. It has worked with agencies like ZSS, NCLP, DEP etc. It has an established office and skilled staff.

5. Rastriya Gramin Vikas Samiti
(Mr Mahanth Raj, Secretary, Vill. & Post Baharipur, Jaunpur-222175, UP)

RGVS is a voluntary organization registered in 1999. It is also registered under FCRA (136630030). RGVS is working in 2 districts Pratapgarh and Jaunpur in UP. It has a 9 year experience working among the women, adolescent girls, farmers, SC, and youths. It has worked with agencies like ISD, DRDA etc. It has an established office and skilled staff.

6. Sri BKS Prakash Deep Prathisthan
(Mr B.P.Singh, Secretary, 11, Subhash Bazar, Hamirpur-210301, UP)

BKSPDP is a voluntary organization registered in 1990. It is also registered under FCRA (136480016). BKSPDP is working in Hamirpur district in UP. It has a 18 year experience working among the women, children, farmers, SC, and unemployed youths. It has worked with agencies like MoEF, CAPART, MoST, etc. It has a well equipped and established office infrastructure and skilled staff for execution of programmes.