Food Livelihood Security through Natural Resource Management
The main focus of this programme is to enhance subsystem/ farm enterprise production and diversity through scientific management of natural resources. Under this programme we encourage participatory planning with the marginal and smallholder systems, following the principles of sustainable agriculture. At the same time, we promote participatory farmers' research with the system approach to innovate, integrate and develop new means of agroecological farming. For scientific and sustainable management of the farm resources we encourage participatory soil & water health management, indigenous seed management, indigenous knowledge management, maintaining diversification of subsystems/farm enterprises, innovation in harvesting and storing techniques, low cost external input farming techniques to reduce forced migration in the lean season, protein malnutrition, micro-nutrient malnutrition, farming risk reduction, increasing farm based income etc. However, this programme is an amalgamation of several projects which are directed towards the main principles of this programme in three most stressed agro-ecological systems of West Bengal e.g.- red lateritic, hill & coastal saline agro-ecological zone.