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KZSVS – An Initiative to improve the quality of life of the poorest and most disadvantaged members of the society


KZSVS aims to improve the quality of life of poorest and most disadvantaged members of the society in Kandhamal district of Odisha through community empowerment.
KZSVS is a leading voluntary organization established at Daringbadi in the year of 2004 for aim to provide social and economic service to rural poor and tribal resided in hill and remote area. It is a unique organization aim to rejuvenate the use herbal & medicinal plant for treatment of different disease which is more economical and accessible to tribal poor. Besides it also provides various other social, educational, economical services to the rural poor. more
Millet based bio-diverse farming system, unlike other farming system offers ability to transform small farms towards greater productivity by increasing soil fertility and stability, optimizing water use, diversifying crops and incomes, building resilience to climate change, achieving high yields under difficult conditions and creating new local markets. Given the necessary information provision and extension services, this is an affordable low-risk strategy for smallholders. Thus, KZSVS by intervening in millet based bio-diverse farming values and proposes redesigning agriculture in an era of climate change entails investing more resources, research and training, the provision of appropriate policy support and is working with 448 farmers in 24 villages in Tumudibandha Block of Kandhamal district of Odisha; out of which 95% farmers belong to Kutia Kondh Community; one of the Primarily Vulnerable Tribal Group.
As a result of KZSVS’s intervention, there has been increase in number of millets and legume varieties to 25 from 13 and has increased the surplus grain at HH level; this has enabled the community to barter/exchange/make cash during lean periods; and has the yield has increased the food basket of the community for another 75 days; hence, it helps in saving the HH economy from spending upon purchasing rice from market. In the whole process, there has been a positive economical shift among the community;KZSVS is also a member of Millet Network of India (MINI) and works with smallholder farmers for reestablishing millets based farming system and expanding the spaces for millets community’s voice in state food & agriculture policy & program.
In Orissa, cultivation of rice is an important livelihood practice that ensures food security, provides cultural identity, and represents aspirations of the communities. With the growing concern of decreasing productivity among paddy growers, we intervened introducing the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) as our core strategy in strengthening household food security through rice cultivation with organic approach. With the support of CWS-SDTT, promotion of SRI has been up-scaled from 16 villages in July 2009 and now covers three Blocks of Nayagarh district, viz., Nayagarh, Odagaon and Nuagaon. This intervention has resulted in increase in production of rice by 30 % per acre within last two years and decrease in production cost by 35% due to reduction in use of fertilizers. Increasing acceptance of the practice and its growing demand has prompted us to increase our support from only 96 farmers in 2009-10 to 790 farmers in 2010-11.
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Odisha Millets Mission (OMM) also known as the Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas of Odisha was launched by the Government of Odisha in 2017 to revive millets in farms and on plates. The aim was to tackle malnutrition by introducing millets in the public distribution system (PDS) and other state nutrition schemes. The four major objectives are production, consumption (both in urban and rural), processing and marketing. The focus is on reviving millets in farms and putting it on plates . Millets, nutritious and climate-resilient crops, have traditionally been cultivated and consumed by tribal communities in the rainfed regions of southern Odisha. The conscious pursuit of an agricultural policy since the 1960s to meet national food security with paddy and wheat, however, led to a decline in millet production and consumption among these communities. Though millets were included for distribution via PDS system in the National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 and more recently recommended by Niti Aayog and the National Food Security Mission (NFSM), implementation of the same had met with marginal success due to a lack of an integrated approach to the supply-chain. The programme design took into account grassroots experiences and was based on consensus, which resulted in collaboration and ownership of the programme. A cluster based approach for reaching out to farmers, promoting processing facilities at village and block level, encouraging household consumption of millets through celebration of local millet based food cultures, and rigorous monitoring of the implementation partners and processes are other commendable components of the programme.