Livelihood promotion & food security
JKS envisages promoting sustainable livelihood and food security of the rural poor through different initiatives like agriculture development, conservation, management of natural resources like water, land forest, livestock etc. All these programs ensures sustainable agricultural yield, enhanced income, food security& nutrition security, reduced economic vulnerability, access to basic entitlement and improved quality of life.
India is predominantly an agrarian society with nearly 68 per cent of its population living in rural areas and agriculture is the main source of livelihood. Nearly 70 per cent of the farming community is small and marginal farmers and they are the worst sufferers due to the current models of unsustainable farming, effect of climate changes and various other related reasons. The sustainable livelihood approach enables the organization to understand various facets and complexities of poverty and related issues and adopt appropriate strategies and programs to address the issue of poverty by creating livelihood opportunities for the poor and their families. To improve their situation there is an evident need for shifting from the conventional type of agriculture to adopt more scientific and sustainable models of agriculture practices. It encompasses developing their skills, knowledge, capacity, natural resources, credit, market, appropriate technologies; and access to basic health care, education, promoting conducive socio-economic and political environment, network and support.
The introduction of better crop, crop diversification, soil and water management packages can be successful interventions to improve the agricultural production. It enhancescommunity’s livelihood opportunities and improves the prospects of moving from subsistence household economy to sustenance level. JKS’s accomplishment in promoting sustainable livelihood for the poor and their families include horticulture program covering 1,766 hectares of land, promotion of grain bank in 296 villages, introduction of sustainable agricultural practices and promotion of climate resilient crops in tribal villages covering 2902 households, promotion of horticulture using High Density Planting system in 3775 acres, introduction of drip irrigation systems in 20 villages, off-farm activities like support for sheep rearing to 1350 households, value addition and marketing of Non-Timber Forest Produces helping 780 families.