JKBT Strategy

JKBT's Strategy
JKBT's strategy for ensuring community participation and their ownership over the process of development includes.

Needs Assessment:
Understanding the needs of the area and the communities is the first step towards developmental action.

Scientific Field Studies
Since secondary data such as maps, reports etc do not always give an accurate picture of ground realities; JKBT undertakes scientific studies to understand the soil and water conditions of the project area. Development interventions are planned in accordance with the ground realities and the needs of the community.

 

Jagdamba Farmer club is become inspiring for other farmers towards
adoption of new technologies and enhancement in farm productivity

Community perspective
Participatory methods such as Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), small group discussions, village meetings etc. are used to assess needs, arrive at solutions, decide community contributions and develop an appropriate plan of action for the developmental interventions. Since the community is involved in the process of decision making, there is greater ownership over the development initiatives.

Community Empowerment
JkBT empowers the community to take charge of the process of their own development through:

Enhancing Awareness
Personal and group interaction, Village meetings, Gram Sabhas, field based demonstrations and exposure visits to learn from the experience of other farmers, are some of the common methods of enhancing awareness regarding development interventions. Popular media like films and street plays are used to create awareness about issues and motivate farmers to take up new ideas. Thematic celebrations and popular talks by Guest Speakers also enhance their understanding of developmental issues.

Focused Training
Special Training programmes on self development, institution building, financial management etc are organized to impart the necessary knowledge and skills to the community. Training sessions on Project cycles enables the community to understand the implementation plan and also monitor the progress of the process. Technical training enhances their confidence during the implementation stage.

Livelihood Training and Resource Center
JKBT has developed the Livelihood Training and Resource Center at Kashi Ka Baas, Sikar as a demonstration model for enabling the community to comprehend the functioning and impact of the developmental intervention.Esposure visits to the LTRC motivate farmers to adopts a suitable model in their own farms. The training center has education charts, field demonstration plots such as horticulture and improved fodder plots and dairy farming.JKBT has also demonstrated the positive impact on groundwater recharging by constructing farm pond in the Campus of Kashi Ka Baas.Some other models such as Green House, micro irrigation devecies and organic farming have been also been displayed to sensitize people about their use.

Community Participation
JKBT elicits participation from the community in various ways.

Village Volunteers
JKBT identifies trains and provides financial incentives to Youth from within the community to work as JKBT's extension volunteer. A Village Volunteer (VV) is usually responsible for supporting the implementation of developmental interventions in the villages. Being locals, these VVs know the ground realities, can connect better with the community, motivate people and provide regular monitoring support.

Village Development Committees
A group of motivated people from within the community volunteer to be on Village Development Committees (VDC). These VDCs are informal bodies responsible for motivating people for taking up specific projects and monitoring the progress. The VDCs are also responsible for collecting the cash and overseeing the labour (shramdaan) contributions from the community.

Community Institutions
JKBT initiates new institutions such as separate Self Help Groups (SHGs) for women and users groups. These formal groups support individual members to take on income generating enterprises. Women's SHGs have supported members to undertake farm based alternate livelihoods such as dairy farming, cultivating kitchen gardens, vermicomposting and biogas. Non-farm based alternate livelihoods are also being taken up by the young girls and women such as tailoring.

Community Contribution
In order that the community takes ownership over the developmental intervention. JKBT collects community contribution in cash, material and /or labour (Sharmdaan) on the basis of pervious defined norms for common property and private resources. The amount and mode of contribution is usually worked out with the village community through a participatory process.

Networking
JKBT networks with other development, government, research and funding agencies in order to learn and share experiences as also collaborate on certain initiatives. Sharing of experiences is also done through workshops, seminars and Public events.

 

 

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