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Holistic Rural Development Programme

The 'Holistic Rural Development Programme' seeks to bring about dignified and healthy living among the rural communities and strengthen community self-governance. This will be achieved through simultaneous interventions in natural resource management, agriculture, livelihoods; social awareness, health, education; water, sanitation, infrastructure development; and leadership training for women self help groups (SHGs). The  programme in 17 villages of Nayagarh district will reach 3345 households, 24% of which have no operational land holding.

Specifically in livelihoods, the project aims to harness natural resources and holistic agronomic practices for sustainable higher agricultural production.


3432 households, 17 villages


Nayagarh in Odisha




October 2017 to February 2020


INR 5.21 crore


HDFC Parivartan


  • Enhancing soil moisture condition and horticulture plantation on 40 acres of common land
  • Improving package of practices in rice and green gram cultivation, providing common implementers to farmers clubs, and pisciculture
  • Promotion of kitchen garden, vermicompost production, farmers training camps, and leadership training for SHGs
  • Renovation of two community ponds through de-siltation and stabilisation to improve the percolation rate thereby increase sub-soil water level