Located on isolated, rugged terrain, the tribes that live in the Pakur district in Eastern India suffer from extreme poverty.
They lack basic facilities like clean water, health care, and education. Food security is a major problem as agricultural production is low and seasonal.
Monsoon rains batter the region 4 month a year, washing away much of the fertile soil off the slopes. This is often followed by 8 months of drought will little water.
Marginalized and forgotten by much of the world, Tearfund has been working with the churches within communities to provide agricultural and business training to help families out of poverty.
Food Security in Pakur
Low agricultural productivity and limited economic access has led to severe hunger among the Pakur tribes in Eastern India.
The remote, difficult terrain prevents access to basic needs like potable water, healthcare, and quality education. Improper functioning of government welfare schemes and programs also contribute to food insecurity. The hilly landscape is difficult to farm. The Tribes are marginalized by neighbouring communities – magnifying the isolation.
This project will train families on a number of topics to improve crop yield, specifically addressing topics such as resource management to limit soil erosion and water scarcity. Farmers are learning conservation agriculture techniques, improved livestock practices, and water storage systems. Education on nutrition will also be taught to families, focusing specifically on the nutrition of children.
- Location: Pakur District, Jharkhand
- Timeframe: September 2018 – November 2021
- Funding needed: $347,134
Over 650 households, benefitting approximately 3,000 individuals, will have more reliable access to food year-round through improved crop output.