Himmotthan Society

Himmotthan Society, Dehradun was promoted by Tata Trusts in 2001 to consolidate and integrate different programs, and extend activities to Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The Society works amongst the rural mountain communities of both states, organizing and developing sustainable enterprises linked to livestock, agriculture, micro finance and intervening for better education and access to Safe water and sanitation. It has been able to reach 528 villages of 30 blocks in 9 districts through its different programs. In Uttarakhand, Himmotthan has partnership with 25 local NGOs and its programs are being implemented through a partnership-based model. It is working in the area of agriculture and its allied sectors, enterprise development, natural resource management, health, education, water and sanitation, disaster rehabilitation etc.
It develops partnership with grass root level local organizations, which are located in rural regions of the State and implement activities on the ground. Furthermore, networking with various government departments and tapping into government schemes for dovetailing of funds and activities is a basic underlying strategy across all programmes. It has partnered with Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT), Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust (NRTT), Star Network Pvt Ltd., Mumbai, Tata Relief Committee, Jamshedpur, Titan Company Limited, Divyashree, SDTT and Argyam.

Proposal: Maximizing Mountain Agriculture Project (MMAP) (April 2017 – March 2018)
This is a three years project, which seeks to enhance incomes of 5,000 farmers in 90 villages of 5 districts in the State. Farmers will be trained, and improved agricultural practices will be demonstrated to increase agricultural production. The surplus production will be taken to the main-stream market post value addition. Existing farmers’ cooperatives, promoted under different projects, will be strengthened to help farmers in marketing of their produce. This project will be implemented in 06 clusters of Almora, Bageshwar, Nainital, Tehri Garhwal and Uttarkashi districts. The main components of the project are given below:
1. Productivity enhancement through technological interventions and improved packages of practices.
2. Promotion of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Integrated Pest and Nutrient Management (IPNM) and organic farming.
3. Development of seed villages, community-based seed banks and seed enterprises
4. Farm mechanization for drudgery reduction and efficient farming operations.
5. Critical support for irrigation and moisture conservation techniques.
6. Post-harvest handling, agro-processing and sustained institutional marketing of commodities
7. Institution building, capacity building and effective extension strategies for technology dissemination
The implementation will be based on two models – Four clusters comprising of 15 villages each, through partner NGOs and 2 clusters of 15 villages each directly by Himmothan. It will provide support to the partner organization in coordination, linkages development, technical inputs and monitoring support.
The project will result in additional income of Rs. 50,000 per family per annum. Similarly, 60 local youth who will work as business service providers for input output service will be able to earn annual income of Rs. 60,000/-.

Himalayan Action Research Center (HARC)

The Himalayan Action Research Centre (HARC) was established in 1998 with a mission to empower Human Resources of the Himalayan Region and to help in sustaining the development processes and promote Livelihood opportunities. HARC’s expertise and practical knowledge in institutional building, entrepreneurship development, organic farming and technology transfer has got recognition at various levels. The major achievements of the organization are development of supply chains and opening market channels for flowers, traditional pulses, fruits, vegetables, processed food items, aromatic and medical Pants. It has formed 15 federations, 2 women co-operative and developed 40 value chains of farm and non-farm products. HARC has touched more than 28,000 families through its agri-interventions across 5 hilly districts of Uttarakhand.
The organization has been following the integrated approach of organizing people into community based organizations, strengthening them, providing technical knowledge, and linking them to market. The organization also advocated for people’s rights to access natural resources, women’s right to land and property, compulsory marriage registration, etc.

Proposal: Integrated agriculture development for food and economic security of remote villages in Pindar valle (April 2017 – March 2018)
HARC has been working with The Hans Foundation for last one year in 25 villages of Uttarkashi District in Uttarakhand. Considering the expertise and previous work of HARC, THF has approached them to be part of Integrated Village Development Programme in Bageshwar, Uttarakhand.
In the valley proposed for intervention, most of the agriculture in the region is rain fed with very low food crop productivity. Scattered land holding which increases the maintenance and low output and lack of crop diversification strategy among the farmers further aggravate situation in the region. The 3-year project proposes to enhance and ascertain the livelihood opportunities in 5 villages in Kapkot block of Bageshwar district.
Under the project, more thrust on integrated agriculture development, it is envisaged to carry out agriculture related activities like promotion protected farming through poly houses and low cost poly tunnel, promotion of horticulture crop like, almond, low chilling early bearing apple, high yielding colour strain variety of pear and grafting wild species (Mehul) with commercial pear; promoting seed production of Cole crops. Apart of above activities, promotion of water conservation technique such as low cost polythene tanks, organizing awareness camp on artificial insemination services (AI) for local cattle breed improvement, strengthening existing and new supply chain of various market led crop products as well as promote ancillary activity like bee keeping, processing of NTFP and cereals crops based value added products is also a major component of project interventions.

Proposal: Investing in climate smart agriculture practices for better livelihood (Oct 2016 – Sep 2017)
This three-year project proposes to enhance livelihood opportunities of 3,000 marginal farmers of 60 villages of one block each in Uttarkashi and Chamoli district through food, economic and nutritional security. First year of the project is completed now and organization has submitted proposal for the rest two years. First year’s objectives, of organizing farmers in community based organizations and demonstration of technologies and cash crops has been completed. In the proposed project, extension of first year activities has been proposed to enhance production and linking farmers produce to the market. Major activities under the project would be promoting floriculture, introducing disease resistant and high valued crops like Potato, Capsicum, Bean, Quinoa, Garlic etc. For production enhancement, permaculture technique will be promoted among farmers and the knowledge generated through this will be disseminated to other areas.
Capacity of farmers and their technical know-how is being built through regular training programs. One hundred and twenty producer groups have been federated into 3 cooperatives to channelize production and marketing of farm produces. Collection, grading, packaging and promotion facilities have been provided to the farmers to fetch better prices for their produce in the market. In the first-year, the project generated an additional annual income of Rs. 15000-21000 for the vegetable producers and Rs. 8000-12000 for flower growers. Pear grafting, traditional crops promotional activities will impact the income of the farmers in subsequent year. In the second-year, the target is to enhance production and market intelligence of the farmers to move them from the subsistence level to a commercial level. In the third year of the project, 3000 farmers will be able to produce marketable produce and market them through cooperatives. The farmers’ cooperatives will act as a self-reliant farmer organization to access inputs services and market farm produces.


Shri Bhuvneshari Mahila Ashram was formed in 1977 under the UP Societies Act. The organization is working in the area of maternal and child heath, promoting community based organisations, livelihood enhancement through farm and non-farm activities. Currently, the organization is working in more than 2400 villages in Uttarkashi, Tehri, Chamoli, Bageshwar, Rudraprayag, Pauri, Haridwar and Dehradun Districts.
SBMA has experience in implementing programs on quality education, agriculture development, vocational education and entrepreneurship development, water and sanitation and in health sector. So far, the organization has promoted 500 groups of children, over 550 self-help groups (SHGs), 300 mahila mangal dals (MMDs), groups of adolescent girls and over 300 farmer clubs in the mountain districts. It has implemented programs supported by Plan India, Integrated Livelihoods Support Program (ILSP), Wipro Cares, Himmotthan Society, Brooke India, National Health Mission, SRTT etc.

Proposal: Income generation through farm & non-farm initiatives in Uttarakhand state (Oct 2016 – Sep 2017)
This proposal seeks to promote farm and non-farm based income generation activities to enhance income of the farmers. It will cover 4500 farmers of two blocks in District Tehri Garhwal and Uttarkashi districts each. The project will scale up small farm and non-farm enterprises to enhance income of the farmers. Agriculture, horticulture, dairy development and poultry promotion are major activities of the project. Farmers, especially women, will be organized into self-help groups (SHGs) to promote microfinance. It will increase the access of farmers over finance to invest into enterprises. These SHGs will be federated in cooperatives and farmer organizations to run business activities. Managerial and business development capacities will be built to make cooperatives self-sustainable farmer institutions.

In the first year of the project, so far 60 farmer groups have been promoted in 60 villages by engaging over 1500 farmers. Inputs such as training, improved seed and agricultural tools, polyhouses, chicks, bee boxes, fruit plants and improved dairy services provided to these farmer groups. In the first year of the project, potato, capsicum, okra, marrow, French bean and cash crops were demonstrated to around 1500 farmers. Dairy promotion and poultry were done with 146 farmers. The annual additional income of the farmers from vegetable production was Rs. 18000/-, while from goat farming it was Rs. 22000/- and from dairy it was Rs. 22400/-. These incomes are less since it was first year of the project but gradually it will increase in subsequent year.
In the years to come, cooperatives will be strengthened as an apex body of farmer to manage product procurement, collection, grading, packaging, promotion and marketing of rural produces. Agricultural and horticultural inputs would be provided to the 1500 farmers with improved cultivation practices. While 200 producers will be covered under dairy development programs, 102 households under poultry, 100 families will get benefitted under handloom promotion and approximately 100 farmers will be covered under goatry, beekeeping, and horticulture. Project team will extend their services for backward and forward linkages to produce services and link surplus production to the market. Project will enable farmers to generate additional annual income of Rs.12000-30000/- while para-technicians would be able to earn Rs. 60000/-.

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Beyond Uttarakhand

The Hans Foundation’s ‘Uttarakhand 2020’ project will change the lives of millions in Uttarakhand. The Hans Foundation will actively advocate for and fund similar pilot projects in other states across India. This will facilitate awareness and adoption of best practices in other states. The Hans Foundation extends an open invitation to other NGOs and government agencies in the upcoming years to observe the results of this revolutionary project.