Innovation Linkages

Inclusion of innovation and new technologies in the project is vital to an overall program having multiple interventions meant for households and their communities aspiring to improve the quality of life with incremental contributions made to their social well being and economic growth. The main objective of innovation linkage is testing and dissemination of innovative technologies and approaches to improving food security, livelihoods and access to markets.

There are several government departments, boards, universities, institutions and private organisations that have proven work in the specific sector. ILSP encourage them to work in the project area for the support of livelihood.

Innovative Project with Line Depts. Boards

The main objective is to improve livelihood through dissemination of innovative & proven technologies for doubling of farmer’s income as well as to strengthen the value chains through Government Departments, Boards, KVKs, Universities and others. Few of the projects are as follows:

SN Institution Key Activities
1 Uttarakhand Livestock Development Board Establishment of Integrated Livestock Development Center (ILDC), Paravets and Artificial Insemination Services
2 Uttarakhand Bamboo & Fiber Development Board Nettle Based Resource Development, Fiber Processing Unit, CENF establishment
3 Uttarakhand Sheep & Wool Development Board Providing facilities to shepherd for wool, machine shearing, treatment camps, establishment of Sheep & Goat Paravet Centers
4 Animal Husbandry Department Establish center of excellence for fodder, community grassland development, fodder seed bank, Package of Practices etc.
 5 GBPUA&T, Pantnagar Dissemination of improved horticulture Technologies for livelihood Security for the farmers of Uttarakhand
6 KVK, Pithoragarh Collection, Refinement and Production  of Elite Planting materials of stone Fruits etc. Production of quality Vegetable seedlings

Challenge Fund

Challenge fund was a funding mechanism with which the two agencies (ILSP & Second Party from public, cooperative, non-government and / or private sector) have agreed to work on an innovative subject by pooling their multiple resources including engaging beneficiaries/target groups organized in a particular format / structure, to conduct action research aimed at establishing the fact / purposed that may be expressed in the form of improved systesm / technology leading to enhanced and sustain;e livelihoods of the beneficiaries and their habitat; and has greater potential for scalablity.

The main objective of Challenge Fund is to promote innovative projects for improving livelihood of rural households to cope up with various challenges emerged during livelihood activities for doubling the farmers income. The financial limit of innovative projects under the Challenge fund projects was Rs 25 lakh. The broad themes of the projects are –

  • Integrated farming system models for the doubling of farmers incomes
  • Economic and viable farming technology for small holding farmers
  • Improved value chain development for market access including sorting and packaging facilities / units
  • Improved model of crop protection from wild animals, value addition, processing and packaging of various mountain produce such as vegetables, fruits, spices, millets, etc.
  • Non renewal energy related innovation technology for livelihood enhancement

One of the projects was:

Up Scaling of Basil as an agricultural crop for with marginal farmers through technical interventions and promotions of high value products – the project was implemented by the Himalayan Action Research Center (HARC). The main objectives were – to establish and upscale Basil as an entity in agriculture system, to increase alternative income of marginal women farmers at high Himalayan regions and to increase market acceptability & capability of basil high value added products.

Small Grant Project

The main objective of Small Grant is to promote innovative hills relevant technologies projects to improve livelihood of rural households for doubling of income throw. The financial limit of innovative projects under the Small Grant projects was Rs 10 lakh. Small Grant projects are small innovative projects having following characteristics: –

  • Innovative and new ideas that can solve the problem of any farm or non-farm sector livelihood in sustainable manner such as innovative technology methods or processes.
  • Replication of a well-proven initiative in a particular sub sector that can be extended / upscale to the proposed area of the project.
  • Project that can benefit specific set of people especially vulnerable group, marginalised people, SC, ST, marginal and small farmers, people with disabilities, disaster affected people and single women.
  • Project that can reduce the drudgery through innovative technology, tools etc.

One of the projects was:

To develop model villages through holistic approach to address challenges related to agri-allied sectors and non-farm sectors with the aim of creating sustainable rural livelihoods – The project was implemented by Empower Society.

The main objectives are – to improved quality of life through sustainable rural livelihood creation, increase in households income through value addition and skill upgradation (ringal etc.), value addition of local produce for higher monetary returns, promotion of animal healthcare, animal disease control and prevention of zoonotic diseases, mitigation of fodder deficit and reduction in drudgery of women.