OUR ORGANIZATION• RCDC is engaged as a Facilitator to promote community basedNRM systems and processes since1993.• Vision: Rights recognized - resources owned - poverty is past.• Mission: To play a facilitative role in the struggle for rights of the poorand marginalized over resources, opportunities, institutions andprocesses.• Our focus on action research, policy, advocacy and implementationof field projects on local self governance, livelihoods, CCA and DRR.• The Team: The organization has a team of processionals fromdifferent disciplines and also a highly motivated team ofdevelopment workers to design and implement the programs andprojects in 1035 villages of 14 Districts with a team of 85 Staff and
Gandhamardan Hill Area Treasury of Medicinal Plants andeceological hotspot 22 streams Total nos of DBI project- 4 ( completed-3, under progress-1) 56% tribal communities Total command area: 303 Acr Total beneficiaries: 180 HH Total sanctioned budget:1892000/- Community contribution: 240000/- Cost per Acre: 6244/-
THE PROJECTPROJECT OBJECTIVE:• To provide assured source of irrigation to theun-irrigated uplands of poor and marginalizedfarmers.• To provide irrigation to Kharif crops andirrigation to Rabi and Summer crops.• To enhance and strengthen livelihoodportfolios of the local communities throughsupporting improvement in farm lands, in-situmoisture conservation and better agriculturalpractices.• Empowering the farmers, especially thetribals to enhance their food security, toincrease their income and help in the overallimprovement of their livelihood issues• Strengthen Institutional capacity of PRI andGovernment agencies.Dudumdarah an eco sensitive areapopular for Dudum Fish & BrahmiMedicinal Plant
INFORMATION AT A GLANCEName of thevillageCommandAreain AcreSummer inAcreKharif inAcreRabi inAcreFamiliescoveredTotalProjectCostContribution Cost per AcrewithoutcontributionMahulpali 85 30 85 60 23 455,500 240,000 5358.8Nuapali 78 20 78 40 35 425,500 5455.1Dudumdarah 80 15 80 30 76 538,000 6725.0Bhadkibhata 60 - 50 10 46 473,000 7883.3303 65 293 140 180 1892000 240,000 6244.2
PROCESS OF THEIMPLEMENTATIONMeeting with DFF & GSAC selection ofvillagePreliminary SurveyFormation of WUG and net working withDFF & GSACPreparation of Social map, Resourcemap, water management plan, cropplan, Dumpy level survey and GPS map etcusing PRA tool.Submission of community claim under FRAExcavation of pipe line and Pipe FittingCommunity members preparing water managementConcept sharing with villagers, GramPanchayat, Govt Officials & identificationof different issues & peoples contribution.Use of water and other activities
COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS AROUNDDBI Revival of Gandhamardan Surakhya Action Committee. Gujerpali (rotation of traditional weapon) by villagers toprotect the forest and water catchment area. Formation of water user group. Identification of eco-sensitive zones and developmentof management plan to restore the threatened species. Revival of Forest Right Committees. Community claims submitted under section 3(1) and3(2) of FRA. Monitoring committee formed in three villages. Recruitment of volunteers Stocks list maintained Labour contribution record maintained Conflicts are resolved by the committee at village level.
AGRICULTURALINTERVENTIONS Crop plan and Water management plan developed at the community level Orientation on SRI, Organic Farming and Natural Pest Management (NPM) Demonstration of SRI by 18 of farmers in 22 acres through supply of 2 nos ofSRI tools in each project village ( marker, weeder, sprayer, puddler, winder andseed kits) Gurji cultivated in 20 acres by 15 farmers. Sunflower cultivated in 9 acres. Mixed farming being adopted by 32 farmers. MGNREGA plan developed and approved in Gram Sabha on agriculturerelated works like Nadep Composting, Vermin Compost, organic manure andazolla. Linkages with other line departments for agriculture related works. Provided five no’s saplings of fruit and vegetable (lemon, mango, papaya,banana and drum stick) for nutritious intake to 78 families. Supported 6 farmers with 2000/- for establishing vermin compost unit. To manage pest incidences naturally 15 farmers were supported with 1000/-
CHALLENGES FACED Big farmers and vested interest groups misguided the marginal andsmall farmers. Panchayat Election developed political groupism among the villagers. Legal issues regarding conversion of forest land in non forestryactivities Forest Conservation act 1980 Forest Conservation rules 2003 Community Contribution for excavation with the help of contribution oflabourers Excavation through the hilly region was extremely difficult andconditions were perpetuated due hard rock and stones. NTFP dependency in the region was a major hindrance during theexcavation as almost all the forest dwelling communities depended onNTFP for livelihood. Heavy rainfall affected the pipe line during excavation. Developing the self confidence of villagers was extremely difficult andthey felt hard to believe that without electricity diverting water forirrigation and even questioned on longevity.
LEARNING DBI- the new experience for RCDC towards livelihoodenhancement of community Strong institution backed with proper mobilisation in regularinterval leaves rumour with no room. Regular interaction and participation in Gram Sabha helped tobuild up good rapport with PRI members. Used FRA and notifications as a potential tool to claim over theforest land by the community for implementation of DBI project. Regular follow up by community (memorandums, interface) Display board helped on transparency of the DBI programme Constructive engagement with the Forest department enabledfor execution of the project even in the Reserve Forest area. Direct involvement of community in all aspects of the executionof project resulted in confidence building and thusachievements. Community ownership emerged on DBI programme