The project aims at improved management of goats through a paradigm shift from extensive to semi-intensive system of rearing. This system of rearing utilizes the proven age old traditional knowledge and infuses the latest technology that aids the farmer in realizing the full potential of goat rearing as an alternate livelihood option.
70% of the farmers in Odisha are either sharecroppers or the agricultural land holdings are so small that farmers are unable to produce enough to sustain their families through the year. These tribal families in Bangriposi, Mayurbhanj are particularly vulnerable due to lack of irrigation and fast denuding forest cover which hitherto supported them through minor forest produce. There is good demand for meat from Mayurbhanj and the area is suitable for goat rearing, hence is potentially viable.
Besides, the broad project objectives, NYDHEE provides training on nutrition, health and Disaster Risk Reduction to these poor tribal communities. The learning is then shared in the neighbourhood by the mothers. Improved goat rearing would attempt to quickly bring out these poor families out of the vicious cycle of poverty and debt through the concept of "Passing the Gift".
Income of 500 vulnerable households sustainably increased. (The economic status will be mapped through a participatory process at the beginning and end of the project through baseline and endline assessment.) Increased social awareness, capacity and practices by all the households in terms of health, education, kitchen gardening, financial literacy, disaster preparedness, nutrition etc. Cooperative formed & Govt functionaries involved for sustenance.