ABOUT ILSP

Background After the successful implementation of Uttarakhand Livelihoods Improvement Project for the Himalayas (ULIPH), Government of Uttarakhand with support from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) is implementing a follow-up project, the Integrated Livelihood Support Project (ILSP).

Rationale

The justification for ILSP is the need to stop the deterioration of the productive infrastructure, make farm labour more productive and farming more remunerative, and hence provide incentives for people to invest their time and resources in agriculture. Despite the disadvantages that agriculture faces in the hill areas, Uttarakhand does have the advantage of cooler temperatures at higher altitudes, allowing production of off-season vegetables (OSV) and temperate fruits. The horticultural sector is less developed in Uttarakhand than in the other hill states, so there is also considerable potential for growth, in other niche products such as spices, medicinal and aromatic plants and fruit nuts. Beside these, tourism is another area with high growth potential. However, more need to be done to ensure that local people fully participate in, and benefit from, these sectors. Continuous R & D of value added product through product development and establishment of a common brand of the federations engaged in trading & primarily processing of the different produces, have high growth potential. Through these interventions will be significant for up-scaling, accessing larger market outside of the state. The population is fairly well educated, but the level of youth unemployment is relatively high. Therefore, proper vocational training will help such people find good quality employment in the growth sectors of the country.

Objectives

The overall objective (goal) of ILSP is to reduce poverty in hill districts of Uttarakhand. This would be achieved via the more immediate development objective to “enable rural households to take up sustainable livelihood opportunities integrated with the wider economy”. The strategy behind ILSP is to adopt a two pronged approach to building livelihoods in hill districts. The first of these is to support and develop the food production systems which remain the main means of support for most households. The second main thrust of the project is to generate cash incomes by supporting non-farm livelihoods, especially community involvement in rural tourism, and vocational training.

Components:

Component 1: Food security and livelihood enhancement to be implemented by UGVS, will support crop and livestock production for food security, and develop high value cash crops and other products (such as rural tourism, etc.) to provide cash incomes. Crop and livestock production will be developed via support to Producer Groups (PG) and their higher level organizations (Livelihood Collectives- LC) formed by federating number of PGs (about 60 to 80). To up-scale enterprises generating cash incomes, and to introduce new income sources, ILSP will also improve access to markets through value chain approach, provision of technical services and physical infrastructures for market access. The value chain approach involves market/sub-sector studies, introduction of new technologies, market linkage, skill development, product development & promotion and physical infrastructure for market access.

Details of the blocks covered under the ILSP project Component -1 ( UGVS)

S.N. District Block Name (ILSP)
1 Almora Syaldeh, Salt, Bhikiasain, Chaukhutia, Hawalbagh, Tadikhet, Dwarahaat, Bhainsiyachhana, Lamgara, Dhauladevi
2 Bageshwar Garud, Bageshwar, kapkot
3 Chamoli Tharali, Pokhri, Ghat, Deval, Narayanbagad , Dasholi
4 Tehri Chamba, Bhilangana, Devprayag, Pratapnagar, Jaunpur (common block)
5 Uttarkashi Bhatwadi, Naugaon, Mori, Purola, Dunda
6 Pithoragarh Kanalichina, Pithoragarh, Munakot
7 Rudraprayag Jakholi, Augustmuni
8 Dehradun Kalsi, Chakrata
9 Pauri Kaljikhal (joint implementation by UGVS and NRLM)

The project will also improve access to employment in the non-farm sector by supporting vocational training linked to job placement.

Component 2: Participatory Watershed Development implemented by the Watershed Management Directorate (WMD), will use processes that have been established through a series of watershed development projects in the state, but with an increased focus on food security, livelihoods and market linkages. It will protect and improve the productive potential of the natural resources in selected watersheds, alongside the promotion of sustainable agriculture with formation of PGs and LCs, and with improved access to markets.

The component would cover approximately 19,800 HHs in 7 blocks of 3 districts.

S.N. District Block Name (ILSP)
1 Pauri Pabo, Ekeshwar
2 Champawat Pati, Champawat, Barakot
3 Nainital Betalghat, Ramgarh

Component 3: Livelihood financing implemented by UPASaC. The activities under this component include:

  • Banking support – capacity building,
  • Risk management – piloting and scaling up of insurance services
  • Financial inclusion initiatives – training to LC to be bank agents, product literacy training,
  • Provision of development finance

Component 4: Project coordination and management. Each executing agency including UGVS, have their own project management units headed by a Project Director or Chief Executive. To provide overall coordination, the state nodal agency, RDD, hasset up a Central Project Coordination Unit (CPCU), headed by Chief Project Director (CPD).

A State level Project Steering Committee (PSC) chaired by the Chief Secretary has been formed and he PSC has established a Project Management Committee (PMC) chaired by ACS/ FRDC.