Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2010, Volume: 3, Issue: 7, Pages: 822-836
R.K.Maikhuri1 , L.S.Rawat1 , Vikram S. Negi1 , Abhay Bahuguna1 , Sunil K. Agarwal2 , N.A. Faroouquee3 , Prakash Phondani1 and C. S. Negi1*
1 G.B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Garhwal Unit, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand, 246174 ;
2 Science and Society Division, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi-110016, India;
3 School of Extension and Developmental Studies, Room No 5, B-Block, IGNOU, Maidangadi, New Delhi, 110068, India
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We present the outcome of innovative action research as capacity building for marginal and smallholder farmers and other stakeholders of Central Himalaya through strengthening social organization and entrepreneurial initiatives. By this, GBPIHED (Garhwal unit) established rural technology demonstration and training and capacity building centre (RTDTC) at three different locations equipped with 13-15 simple and specific technologies. About 41 on site training, capacity building and skill development programme were organized since 2000 in which 3860 participants were trained. The participants were provided on site demonstration, training and technical know-how about various technologies, which enable better understanding of problems faced by the farmers as well as sustainable management of natural resources. Consistent monitoring during and after the programme, feedback from people after adoption of technologies and income earned by each households from individual or grouped of technologies adopted were evaluated and analyzed. The documentation and analysis of action research (quantitative & qualitative) and data related to cost benefit analysis of the technologies adopted by farmers generated through this study has created room for wider sharing of farmer training outputs both at the farm level, and amongst the scientific communities and policy makers. Furthermore, the programme has shown that there is a need to develop and update location specific modifications in technologies has already been introduced /developed so as to maximize the sustainable use of local natural resources and reduce the cost use of external inputs.
Keywords: Himalaya, sustainable management, rural development, farmers, natural resources, India, economy
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