The districts of Angul and Dhenkanal are situated in the central part of Orissa in the catchment of the Mahanadi and Brahmani rivers.The mineral rich landscape is facing increasing pressures and ecological threat in the face of rapid developments in mining and industry. Recent industrial developments have also added to the disparities between the rich and the poor, painting a contrasting picture of affluence in the cities and abject poverty in the villages.
The project is an attempt to converge all government programmes and schemes in the most backward blocks of the state, including the tribal-dominated Kankahad Block of Dhenkanal district. The watershed programme aims at establishing a process of conservation and management of natural resources, while constantly innovating area-specific methods for improving farming practices and propelling livelihood opportunities toward better income generation for the tribal populations. Interventions toward greater stability of natural surroundings are seen as a causal effect for more specific objectives such as increasing water availability, improving agricultural productivity, enhancing rural livelihoods and strengthening institutional arrangements. The project seeks to establish a platform for dialogue and negotiations between multiple actors to bring in all programmes and converge efforts for integrated development of the region.
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development