Our Thematic Areas
Under Natural Resource Management, (NRM) GVT has carried out extensive work in Soil and Water Conservation, Agricultural Research & Extension, Animal Husbandry, Diversified Agriculture, Capacity Building etc. For these various categories we have been implementing several flagship theme based projects like:
WADI - Organic and Non Organic WADI (Orchard Development on uncultivable land and providing beneficiaries the basic knowledge and advantages of orchard farming, providing organic manures, organic fertilizers, organic certification, identifying viable & sustainable micro enterprises). GVT currently has 23 WADIs out of which 6 are organic and 17 are non organic WADIs. The total area under GVT's WADI programme is around 7,465 hectare covering 17,441 families. (45,110 hactare under diversified agriculture which includes horticulture, fisheries, agro forestry, olericulture, floriculture and apiculture till date).
Watershed (Creating structures to arrest soil erosion, creating water harvesting structures, water resource development, pasture land development, forming user’s associations, increasing ground water level, Capacity Building of farmers, Bank Linkages in post project period). GVT implements various watershed projects with an objective to increase cropping intensity and productions in both rainfed and partial irrigated situations; Reduced threat of drought to both crops and livestock; Increased ground water recharge – enhancing water use potential; decline in downstream sedimentation – increase in flow rates and volume of the stream networks and improved moisture regimes; Change in livestock system dynamics – improved fodder quality and availability leading to change in herd size, quality and composition; Increased opportunities for short term, medium term and long term on and off-farm employment. Total area covered under watershed programme is around 65,728 hectare.
Agricultural Research and Extension (Seed Multiplication Programme, Crop research through Participatory Varietal Selection (PVS) and Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB), and Client Oriented Breeding (COB), GVT has produced officially released and recommended varieties that are highly adapted to the needs of farmers in marginal areas like Ashoka 200F (BVD 109), Ashoka 228 (BVD 110), etc. GVT has covered around 34,047 hactares of land under agricultural research and extension till 2014.
Animal Husbandry (Health Camps for mulching animals); Animal husbandry is an important component of most of the projects that GVT implements. It helps the beneficiary families to generate a stable income on sustainable basis. An important aspect of animal husbandry programme is that it engages the household women, and the income from mulching animals gives the women a certain amount of independence to carry out household expenses. Since its inception, GVT has organised 1,311 veterinary health camps covering 2.28 lakh milch animals. It has also distributed more than 94,000 chick-lets and 5,800 goats to the tribal families of rainfed regions
GVT’s Skill Development Programme can be categorized into two categories one is Placement Linked and the other is Capacity Building Trainings. GVT recognizes skill development as an important means by which the marginalized rural youths can have sustainable source of income. GVT's skill development programme is placement linked and for this, it has tied up with the corporate houses to provide employment to the trained candidates. Under capacity building, GVT's major intervention is providing training and handholding support to Panchayati Raj representatives for formulation of annual plans and perspective plans. Under placement linked Skill Development , GVT has trained around 17,809 and provided placement to around 14,083 trainees in different skill sectors.
CBO formation & strengthening and financial inclusion are the main areas of intervention under Institutional Development. GVT has mobilized communities and formed SHGs consisting of members from marginal and deprived families. The groups are able to access the project funds based on the basis of their actual needs and plans and the beneficiaries are identified by the group members. Till 2014, GVT has developed around 12,987 groups under various flagship programmes like watershed programme, WADI, agriculture, training etc.
GVT undertakes various types of monitoring & evaluation, impact assessment, baseline surveys, and need based assessments etc. Some of the major studies that has been carried out so far by GVT pertain to NREGA, tribal relocation from core tiger reserves, baseline surveys under Corporate Social Responsibility, impact assessment of National Afforestation Programme being implemented by Forest Development Agencies, impact assessment of total sanitation campaign, national level field verification of panchayats under the scheme of PEAIS of Ministry of Panchayati Raj, technical support institution to provide handholding support to PRIs in formulation of annual and perspective plans etc. Till 2014, GVT has carried out around 215 developmental studies covering 75 districts and around 20,000 families.
GVT has been organizing a number of Health Camps for the tribal communities in its working areas in collaboration with Health Service Providers. GVT has extensively worked in the HIV/AIDS prone area with a purpose of reducing STI infection among FSWs in the state of Jharkhand. With the support from its parent organization KRIBHCO, GVT has been periodically organizing health camps in the district of Balasore in Orissa. GVT has covered 2,17,433 beneficiaries through organizing health camps and improved sanitary measures till 2014.
Major educational programme that GVT undertakes is computer training, primary education, Balbadi, Anganwadi etc. Major activities under GVT’s educational programme include awareness building among the parents to send their children to school and reduce school dropouts. Through various interventions GVT has managed to increase the enrollment for primary education of around 5,423 children and have provided educational trainings to 2,000 children till 2014.
Under social entrepreneurship, GVT promotes and supports various skill based activities like training in information and communication technologies and data entry under National Population Register (NPR), enrolment activities for e-governance services, and financial inclusion etc. GVT also supports farm based activities like cultivation and distribution network for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (FFV) while under non-farm based activities it supports and promotes handicrafts of the tribals.
GVT provides market linkage to farmers and unemployed youths for selling Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and also supports them with modern knowhow on farm activities.
Major highlights under this intervention are in the area of Agri-business, Handicrafts, and e-governance. GVT is providing market linkages to the farmers in order to enable them to get better prices. The main identified areas are Shahjahanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Hazira (Gujarat), Ratlam (M.P), Nasik (Maharashtra) and Dahod (Gujarat).Work plan is divided into Three steps (i) Procurement of Vegetables/Fruits from farmers and giving market support to their produce (ii) Cultivation on farmers land and providing backward and forward linkages to them for marketing (iii) Cultivation on own land in respective areas for the purpose of demonstration to the farmers. GVT has established its linkages with Mother Dairy, Big Bazaar, Reliance Fresh, Bharti Wal-Mart and is also exploring different mandies and other sources to fetch better price for fresh vegetables/fruits. GVT also intend to support retail in some selected areas.
In pursuit of its goals and promote Handicraft items made by tribals, GVT has joined hands with Jhitku Mitki Van Hast Kala Samiti and Bastar Arts, Chhattisgarh for building a sustainable demand for Tribal Art. It also aims to bring other famous arts and handicrafts of tribal and rural communities under an umbrella for better visibility and marketing potential.