Historical Background of GVT
GVT was started as a division of KRIBHCO to look after Eastern India Rainfed Projects (EIRFP) and Western India Rainfed Projects (WIRFP) in seven states by forming several clusters in tribal areas for the upliftment of the tribals. The main objectives of the project on a broader scale are outlined below as:
- Integrated development of farming systems in 250 ‘core’ villages involving identifying and testing technologies to meet the needs of the poor farmers.
- Designing, Construction and Management of productive assets.
- Generating Institutional Capacity in Villages to ensure long term Sustainability.
- Spreading easily transferable technologies to 550 surrounding villages of 250 core villages.
- Creating awareness, changing attitudes and developing skills in state government agencies to enable them to work together with NGOs and rural farmers.
The project continued for a period of 13 years in two phases. The first phase was from 1992 to 1999 and the second phase was from 1999 to 2006 during which, the projects achieved their successive targets successfully with a total expenditure of 111 cores. During this period GVT developed innovative techniques and created many successful case studies in its operational areas.
In the post DFID period starting from 2006, GVT used its experienced manpower to partner with Central and State Governments to implement various developmental projects in line with its mission and vision. From 2006 to 2010, GVT restricted itself and undertook projects related to NRM and achieved remarkable heights.
However, with the passage of time, from 2010 onwards, GVT not only diversified its activities, but also its geographical presence. It started some new initiatives and activities in line with its mission and vision like undertaking skill development of rural youth in various trades, having good job opportunities in business houses, agri-business, market linkages to rural handicraft artisans etc. GVT aims to train around 10,000 candidates per year in various trades like construction, ICT, Retail Management, Hospitality etc and provides placement to all those candidates who successfully complete their training. GVT has also started to explore more ways through which it can add value to the existing agri business in India. It has been trying hard to promote entrepreneurship among the rural youths who have acumen for undertaking small business activities in the rural areas. It is already in the process of identifying and grouping small scale handicraft artisans and providing them both forward and backward linkages.