Multiple interventions through community institutions building ecological security into each action

June 20, 2017

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Multiple interventions through community institutions building ecological security into each action

About the Implementing organization

Name: Reliance Foundation - Bharat India Jodo programme for Rural Transformation

Country: India

Year of establishment: 2010

Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status


Establishing and strengthening community based institutions and towards water, food, nutrition and livelihood security with ecological security as a cross-cutting theme across interventions

Nature Element

Forests / Mountains / Drylands

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Disaster risk reduction / Health / Renewable energy

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

529 village associations have worked towards a sustainable development agenda across 12 states of India. Till date the following collective impact has been made on the environment:a. Green cover over 2.90 million plants; b. More than 2,000 hectares brought under orchards; c. 2,261 households have adopted Biogas reducing methane emissions with a usage of bio gas slurry to replace chemical fertilizers; e.1,683 households have adopted fuel efficient and smokeless stoves reducing the use of wood fuel by 17%; f. 19,612 hectares of land brought under adopted mixed and diversified cropping practices contributing to biodiversity while reduction in chemical fertilizer and pesticides replaced by integrated nutrition management and non-pesticide management in the entire area has improved soil organic matter and micro climate ensuring the survival and thriving of the pollinators and other flora and fauna; and lastly Solar energy promotion is underway.

Sustainable Development Impacts

A critical outcome of the program has been communities being capable to plan and manage water interventions with 200 resource persons skilled to support water interventions. In addition, 57 million cu.meters of water harvested; 23,859 hectares brought under assured irrigation; 196 villages drinking water secure; water made available for double cropping increasing cropping intensity from 100% to 200%; 2039 hectares of land brought under water efficient systems like micro-irrigation; 2950 water-user groups ensuring equitable and effective utilization of water resources through democratic water management. Under food & nutrition Security - 4983 hectares of wastelands brought under cultivation for the first time with a potential productivity of 1 MT/year ensuring food security of additional 5000 households; 55,992 hectares brought under sustainable agricultural practices; and kitchen gardens providing 150 grams of vegetable/person/day positively impacting the health 9966 households.


The scalability of the BIJ model is based on the established Proof of Concepts and competencies acquired through its direct experience of implementing the program in 529 villages in a span of 6 years of operations. . The idea is to build and consolidate on the core competence of direct action. For this - the approach is diving deep in existing operational areas by engaging with remaining households in same villages and uncovered villages in the same region. Next is a “Scale Out” strategy towards engagement with Governments – Local, State and Central, its agencies, and also large donor/implementation organizations. Scale and spread will be achieved through strategic partnerships with our primary role being that of Technical Support Units to multiply the outreach and outcomes manifold. Eventually, reaching the unreached through technology platforms involving Information Services and digital solutions as a one-stop reference point for Rural Transformation.


The BIJ model of rural transformation is already in its replicable phase where the role of BIJ is to build capacities of other organizations on its models and best practices. The model is being adopted through various partnerships and collaborations some of which are: 1.) Village Social Transformation of Maharashtra Mission State Government under which 51 villages will undertake the journey of holistic transformation through community platforms. 2.) Nutrition Mission of Maharashtra Maharashtra state adopting and replicating the backyard kitchen garden model of Reliance Foundation across the state; 3.) Gujarat government on holistic development and various other smaller agencies on various components of the model. The “BIJ”’s institution models are also being used as platforms for implementation of the government 4) BIJ approached for knowledge and technical partnership on institutional model at village level, farmer producer company, low cost water solutions, nutrition garden model

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