Agroforestry in the Araku Valley

Andhra Pradesh

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The project aims to facilitate innovative partnerships among corporates, social enterprises and small farmers. The project activity mobilizes resource-poor farmers to raise tree plantations on farmlands and proposes to link them to international carbon markets to enhance their livelihood opportunities. In collaboration with the private industry and small farmers, and by building on the success of VCCSL’s A/R CDM projects through scaling up and replication of activities, the project intends to deliver additional revenue to the participating farmers from the sale of carbon credits generated from the plantation activity on degraded lands.

Background of Project

The project plans to afforestation of degraded land to control soil erosion and water runoff. The project aims to develop the market linkages and capacity building of various stakeholders. The project develops plantation and agroforestry models which can provide multiple co-benefits to farmers. It also focuses on ecological conservation of the indigenous biodiversity. It also provides additional income through carbon revenue and ensure empowered livelihoods of rural communities in the area.

The Project

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.

The Benefits

The projects provide livelihood upliftment for marginalised farmers by the generation of additional income from carbon credits. Also builds partnerships with national and
international research organisation to enhance applicable knowledge of agriculture. It promotes gender sensitive strategies and improved regulations on cultural reservation.