Society for Uttaranchal Development & Himalayan Action

Externally Aided Watershed/Rural Development Projects

  • With World Bank Aided Uttarakhand Decentralized Watershed Development Project (UDWDP):


Details of assignments carried out for other institutions/projects

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World Bank Aided Uttarakhand Decentralized Watershed Development Project (UDWDP) as Divisional Support Agency for Livelihood Enhancement through Agribusiness

April 2008

­Formation of 32 Farmers Interest Groups in 58 Project Villages

­  523 farmers are directly associated with these groups.

­    03 Cooperatives/Federations formed

­  Introduction of appropriate seeds for hill farming has increased crop productivity

­   Linkages with markets have been fostered

­02 Agro-Processing Centres established in Ganai Gangoli and Gangolihat Cluster for Quality Processing, Packaging and Grading of Agri-Produce towards increasing marketability

­Productive Infrastructures viz. Polyhouses, polypits, LDPE tanks, Zero energy cool chambers, mushroom production units have been installed that have been adopted and replicated

­02 Agro-Processing Centres has been established in Ganai Gangoli and Gangolihat Cluster.

­01 Spice based processing Centre established in Kimta Village

­01 bakery Unit established in Bankote Cluster, respectively. Hi-tech machinery and bakery equipment have been installed here where products mainly rusk, bun, biscuits and bread are being made.

­Promotion of System of Rice Intensification

­Linkages have been developed VPKAS Almora, GBPAUT, Pantnagar, NABARD, SBI, DCB, RRB, Line Departments and Trading and manufacturing companies like SOS Organic Pvt. Ltd., SP Solvent, Chetna Bakers etc.

  • With International Fund For Agriculture Development (IFAD) Aided Uttarakhand Livelihood Improvement Project for the Himalayas:


Details of assignments carried out for ULIPH in past

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Diagnostic Study of MAP in Six Clusters of Dhauladevi, Lamgara and Bhaisiyachana Development Blocks in Districts Almora and in Three Clusters of Mori and Naugaon Development Blocks in District Uttarkashi (under ULIPH)

October 2009 in District Almora and November –December 2010 in District U’kashi

      Assessment of MAP in the study area in relation to the availability, cultivation, conservation, production (including harvesting and procurement)

  Holistic plan developed for conservation,

Development, harvesting, group certification of cultivated and collected MAPs for both districts,

       Identification of MAP based potential SME in a holistic plan

    Identification of potential farmers for cultivation of valuable medicinal and aromatic plants on a trial basis.**


Technical Consultancy for Development of 67 Van Panchayat Micro Plans for DMU, Uttarkashi

November-March 2011

  Promotion of  a planned and coordinated approach to delivering development  programs from a community perspective

Assignment carried out using community-driven detailed PRA Exercise and Situational Analysis for assessment of strengths and weaknesses of Van Panchayats, Mapping of Natural Resources of Van Panchayat area and thereby prepare a strategic research and development plan for promoting appropriate forestry activities with Van Panchayats


Training-Cum-Demonstration Programmes on Water Management in collaboration with UPASAC Almora and Chamoli

December 2008 and December 2009

         Dissemination of low-cost water harvesting techniques (LDPE Tanks) for further adoption and replication.

         70 LDPE Tanks were created through adoption and replication of the activity which received huge appreciation and recognition


Technical Assignment for Trekking Successful Demo/Enterprise in Uttarkashi Project Area of ULIPH

January -March 2011

         Provided technical assistance in undertaking grading and evaluation of ongoing nonfarm enterprises initiated through ULIPH the findings of which have assisted in opening new prospects of launching area and resource-specific innovative enterprises in the project area therein contributing towards enhancing the livelihood of the community residing in the region.


Cluster Level Awareness Drive for Community Mobilization towards Popularization of Organic Agriculture Farming

Nov. 2009

  Dissemination and inculcation of awareness and knowledge about the advantages of using organic farming techniques

         Infield Farmer Scientist face to face interaction for clarifying FAQs

         Increased awareness about the ill effects of chemicals on health and environment Change in the attitude   of community and initiation to adopt the organic methodologies of agriculture

         Increased interest among the farmers for certification of organic farming


Technical Services for organizing Training and Awareness Campaign on Organic Farming in selected clusters of Naugaon and Mori Development Blocks of District Uttarkashi through DMU, ULIPH Uttarkashi

November-March 2011

Provided technical services for the Popularization of Organic Agriculture Farming in selected clusters that has aided in building a supportive environment for UPASaC towards expanding its support services into the organic farming sub-sector on large scale in the project area.

  •   Strengthening Empowerment Processes for SHGs/FIGs/Federations under Uttaranchal Diversified Agricultural Support Project (DASP- UA)- World Bank aided


Details of assignments carried out for DASP in past

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Strengthening Empowerment Processes for SHGs/FIGs/Federations under Uttaranchal Diversified Agricultural Support Project (DASP- UA)

February 2003-

February 2004

­          Approximately 2000 SHG members trained

operational capabilities of 250 associated SHGs developed on aspects of Group Formation & Leadership Development, Record Management & Book Keeping, Bank Linkages & Micro financing, Steps of IGP, Formation & Development Steps of Federations, Conflict Resolution etc.


Paryavaran Mahotsava 2003’ in District Almora

July 2003 - August 2003

­          33 days long massive environmental awareness campaign organized   in 11 blocks of District Almora to embrace the occasion of International Year of Fresh Water 2003

­          More than 5000 community members mobilized

­          More than 1000 students mobilized through rallies and competitions

­          Established DASP _ Van Aushidhi Van at Village Chaukuni

­          Locale-specific education and communication material developed

­          District, Block and Village Level Goshthis, Cultural Activities including street plays, folk songs, puppet shows organized

22 School Level Competitions with particular emphasis on conducting debates, essays, paintings and general knowledge competitions

  •       Community Outreach Project with PLAN INDIA


Details of assignments carried out for Plan India in past

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Kopal Phase II: Female Foeticide Elimination and Universal Birth Registration Programme

April 2005- September 2009

-         mobilized community for increasing coverage under Birth Registrations of children

-         Approximately 1800 late birth registrations done

-         100% current birth registration achieved

-         Facilitated regularized PCPNDT Committee meetings in the District

-         Built linkages and networks with Govt. Functionaries (Deputy CMO, DPO, DPRO, Social Welfare/SSA etc)/NGOs/Development Agencies) to work as a pressure group against Female Foeticide,

Gram Pradhan of Village Churadi awarded with 100% birth registration achievement award by PLAN INDIA

  •      Technical Support and Supervision of World bank aided Owner driven construction of Houses (ODCH)

In  June 2013, cloud bursts and heavy to very heavy rainfall hit several parts of the higher reaches of the Himalayas. This unprecedented rainfall resulted in causing extensive landslides at various locations. The districts of Bageshwar, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi were most affected.  About 3,320 houses were fully damaged. The Government of Uttarakhand assisted by the World Bank has appointed

SUDHA as Consulting agency for Technical Support and Supervision for “Owner Driven Construction of Housing (ODCH)”.SUDHA will facilitate the support and supervision towards the reconstruction of about 2,402 Owner Driven Construction of Houses (ODCH).





Funds to be monitored



Consulting agency for Technical Support and Supervision for World Bank aided “Owner Driven Construction of Housing (ODCH)”.

Bageshwar, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi

2402 houses

1250 lakhs (approx)