Water and Livelihood Security

The “Water and Livelihood Security” project will build infrastructure and promote land and water restoration practices for ecological and economic sustainability. It will strengthen women’s participation in community development through institutional, technical and financial capabilities.

The project aims to build village-level capacities focusing on women’s leadership in socio-economic aspects for managing sustainable conservation of natural resources and livelihood enhancement.


3000 households, 154 villages


Mohana block, Gajapati district in Odisha




February 2023 to January 2024


₹32.94 lakh


PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India Foundation


  • Conduct a hydrogeological survey of the Gram Panchayat to prepare baseline data for the proposed watershed activity
  • Prepare village action plans on environmental restoration, water security and livelihood enhancement, focusing on women-led livelihood initiatives
  • Conduct project launch events and periodic awareness
  • Conduct training of Village Development Committee members, Van Suraksha Samiti members and community members on forest regeneration, restoration and management, and agroforestry for environment and livelihood
  • Undertake land development activities for forest and water conservation
  • Promote social forestry and agroforestry with ecologically suitable varieties 
  • Promote ecological restoration activities around the village 
  • Form and strengthen women groups to restore the indigenous plant species
  • Facilitate women-owned nurseries with local plant species 
  • Promote intercropping and low-input women-friendly agriculture activities
  • Promote women-led enterprises in forest restoration
  • Promote women-led backyard gardening with seasonal and perennial plants
  • Set up Migration Facilitation Centres to support migrant workers and women in migration-dependent households
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