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 four months a year, washing away much of the fertile soil off the slopes, and this is often followed by eight months of drought with little water.
The second wave of COVID-19 in India has pushed the country further into poverty, causing mass economic and social disruption while increasing the risk for the most vulnerable.
Working with our local church partner, Tearfund is helping to train farmers in agriculture techniques with a focus on preventing soil erosion and water management. The project will focus on the most vulnerable in the community, including households with children younger than 6 and pregnant women.
Through the local church, we are responding to the immediate needs of those impacted in the Covid-19 crisis through providing employment and access to basic necessities.
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.
The second wave of Covid-19 in India has caused mass economic and social disruption, impacting the most vulnerable.
The most vulnerable in India such as daily wage labourers, people with disabilities, widows, and women-headed households are at risk of falling into extreme poverty, while the number of undernourished peoples is increasing. Migrant workers have been forced to flee back to their hometowns with no savings to bank upon.
Through the local church, Tearfund is providing emergency relief to those most in need. Unconditional cash transfers will be given to the most vulnerable, allowing them to purchase what is most necessary for their family in a quick and cost effective response. Additionally, cash for work programs will provide 20 days of employment for migrant workers who are unable to find any work.
- Location: Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha
- Timeframe: June 2021 – December 2021
- Funding needed: $600,000
This project will provide 6,000 families with food for at least 21 days. It will also provide 6,000 families with access to employment for 20 days, allowing them to fulfill the basic needs of their family.