Encouraging the shifting cultivators to diversify their livelihood economic activities to cash crops including animal husbandry and permanent agriculture, with the twin objectives of increasing their food sources on the one hand, and to protect and save the forests that get destroyed from the "slush and burn" shifting agriculture, on the other. The shifting agriculture is investment heavy and low yielding. Most often the farmer invests $3 to get back $1 at harvest time. Besides this, each year about 93,000 hectares of forest get slushed and burnt in preparing the ground for planting paddy for just one year before they shift to another forested land next year.

Whereas the climate and geophysical conditions of the region are highly suitable for cash crops like cereals, pulses, fruits, vegetables, spices, medicinal and aromatic plants, animal rearing, aquaculture. Great potential exists for market development, and linkages and equally highly viable for setting up processing factories an...
Encouraging the shifting cultivators to diversify their livelihood economic activities to cash crops including animal husbandry and permanent agriculture, with the twin objectives of increasing their food sources on the one hand, and to protect and save the forests that get destroyed from the "slush and burn" shifting agriculture, on the other. The shifting agriculture is investment heavy and low yielding. Most often the farmer invests $3 to get back $1 at harvest time. Besides this, each year about 93,000 hectares of forest get slushed and burnt in preparing the ground for planting paddy for just one year before they shift to another forested land next year.

Whereas the climate and geophysical conditions of the region are highly suitable for cash crops like cereals, pulses, fruits, vegetables, spices, medicinal and aromatic plants, animal rearing, aquaculture. Great potential exists for market development, and linkages and equally highly viable for setting up processing factories and other value addition industries. This region is industry-starved, human resource-constrained of technical and technological category. Wastage of human resources is huge because training institutes and the likes are absent.

To increase food sources, land-based food production can be increased to be backed with value addition and processing industries from small to large sizes. This alone can usher in social-economic development and transform the economy. Until now investors are shying away from entering the region, on account of government restrictions, as protected tribal regions, however, the recent years' policy changes like the "look East" or the "Act East" policies have made the region investment friendly, but no investor is venturing into the region, and the potential of the region remained untapped. It is time to help the people of the region.

Our work till now includes education, skills training in the diversification of livelihood activities. A small initiative on spices plantation, processing, and packaging to make them market-ready has been done on a small scale which is successful. Basically, resource constraints have limited our scope in this mission-driven project. However, we are determined to look for investors to partner in bringing a change to the limited food availability to the tribal farmers, who in their search for their subsistence food, also bring destruction to the standing forests by thousands of hectares causing damage to the environment.
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Sai Sahitya
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Paul Lokho
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Paul Lokho CEO A Development activist among tribal communities for 30 years focusing on sustainable livelihood through upgrading their skills and knowledge