This scheme under SEED program is essentially to provide long term core support to science based voluntary organizations/field institutions to promote and nurture them as “S&T incubators” /”Active field laboratories” in rural and other disadvantaged areas to work and provide technological solutions and effective delivery of technologies for livelihood generation & societal benefits.
PROGRAM TITLE: Food and Nutritional security and Livelihood Enhancement of marginal farming communities through interventions in Agriculture with a 4 C approach of conservation, cultivation, consumption and commercialization-in bio-resource management

Objectives of the Program

The purpose of this program is to show the way forward for transformation of an agricultural hotspot of the country into a happy spot. The program envisages the strive for enabling Livelihood improvement; Agriculture (small and marginal diverse farming) de¬velopment; Ensuring Food Security in selected poverty ridden villages of Wayanad district as well as nearby districts; Setting up model community enterprises.

The Three-Prong Objectives Include

Developing models for conservation, sustainable and equitable utilization of agro biodiversity for enhanced livelihood and nutrition security

Enhancing the ecological foundations essential for sustainable agriculture

Examining opportunities for agro-processing and value addition to the bio-resources like medicinal plants, pulses, roots, tubers, banana and leafy vegetables, spices like black pepper and ginger, and medicinal and aromatic rice

Promotion of Medicinal Plants and Spices Cultivation through Product Development

Core Area 2

Promotion of Traditional Rice Varieties through Seed Villages

Core Area 3

Adoption of Tissue Culture and Microbial Technologies for Agricultural Development

Core Area 4

TARA Innovation Cell for promoting Rural Innovations in Agriculture and Sustainable Development

Core Area 5