The project area is spread over a total of six districts in two Indian states namely Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Rayagada, Koraput and Kalahandi districts in Orissa. The districts in Andhra Pradesh include Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, and Vizianagaram with pre-dominance of indigenous population, mainly small landholders. The project boundary includes all discrete parcels of lands owned by different farmers in the blocks of the six districts. Best practices guidance, successful technologies and experiences gained from the previous forestry projects have been duly adopted. Current land use is minimal or intermittently used for rain-fed agriculture, and holds potential for expansion of cultivation of millets, cereals, pulses and various other crops given the adequate technological and financial support. The farmers will be divided into Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) for easy management and monitoring.