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Odisha Govt Partners with ICRISAT to Support the PVTGs in 12 Districts

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Odisha govt, ICRISAT join hands to help vulnerable tribal groups in stateOn 2nd March 2021, the Government of Odisha signed an agreement with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to strengthen the management of natural resources that benefits the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups(PVTGs) in 12 districts of the State.

  • The agreement is valid for a period of 3 years. 
  • The area of intervention under this agreement is over 12 districts of the state.
  • The collaboration is a part of the PVTGs Empowerment and Livelihoods Improvement Programme of Odisha, which is funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) in India.


To promote sustainable integrated natural resource management through capacity building and monitoring


i.ICRISAT will undertake the capacity building initiatives for the tribal groups (PVTGs) who are dependent on agriculture.

ii.ICRISAT will help the PVTGs in water harvesting, recording hydrological parameters and crop productivity.

iii.ICRISAT will also support in monitoring land use and land cover using remote sensing and GIS in the 12 districts.

Key People:

Pradeep Kumar Jena, Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary of Odisha, Dr. Jacqueline d’ Arros Hughes, Director General, ICRISAT and Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhee, Director, Country Relations and Business Affairs – New Delhi, ICRISAT were present during the signing of the agreement.

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Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED), the commercial wing of Ministry of Tribal Affairs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Farm Forestry Development Co- operative ltd (IFFDC) to promote Livelihood Generation of Tribal People.

Pravir Krishna, Managing Director of TRIFED & S.P. Singh, Managing Director of IFFDC signed the MoU.

Director General– Jacqueline d’ Arros Hughes
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana