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Major Projects

SIRDI effectively completed several projects and right now working on many other projects. An overview of the Major projects;

1. Biodynamic Agriculture (1978)


Experiments and field trials of CPP green manuring vermicompost.

Using natural pesticides such as neem, chillies & ash.

Increasing quantity and quality of agriculture and horticulture produce.


2. Family Helper (Welfare)Project (1981)



Reduction in

Under five child mortality rates to level of 70 per 1000 live births.
Maternal mortality rates to half of 1990 levels.
Severe and moderate malnutrition among under five years children by half of 1990 levels.



Safe drinking water in all project villages.
Village sanitation and hygiene services.
Rural housing with local materials and resources.
Facilities for universal access to basic education and completion of Primary education to children and adult literacy to others.


Training and input assistance for 

Generating higher income for the family and raise their standard of living.
Identifying trades as per needs and preferences of target groups.
Creation of revolving fund to be managed by self help groups/samitis.
Environmental regeneration through social forestry, wasteland development.


Sustainable Agriculture etc

Enhance participation of beneficiary parents and communities in decision making, identification of needs, prioritization of programmes and services, assessment and impact evaluation.

3. Defoland Project (1984)


Re-establish vegetation cover in denuded forest land allotted to SIRDI at village Machal, district Indore.

Help provide fuel wood, fodder and timber (for agricultural implements, fencing, house construction etc.) of desirable species in sufficient quantity by plantations around houses.

Help protect existing natural forests in the project area in collaboration with forest authorities.


4. Banphool Project (1984)


Additional gainful employment to small and marginal farmers and rural landless on own, community and SIRDI land directly.

Training and demonstration.

Re-establishment of vegetative cover on denuded forest area allotted to SIRDI by the State Government and in SIRDI's own and beneficiary lands.

Establish of adequate number of primary and mother nurseries on SIRDI land and sub nurseries on small farmer's land.


5. Mushroom Project (1994)


Mushroom Spawn Laboratory.

Training & Demonstration.

Mushroom Cultivation Programme.

Food processing.

Pasteurization Plant.


6. Development of Tribal Communities through Women


Income security to women.

Effective participation of women in institution of local self governance.

Organization of women for mutual benefit.


7. Exploring I.T. & Internet use by Villagers

     (At Periodic Market Centres )


Experiment on provision of information and communication services in tribal functional communities using man+ machine model.


8.Watershed Management Project


Comprehensive soil and water conservation project based on community participation.


9. Integrated Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion


Promotion of safe water, hygiene and sanitation practices.

Creation and restoration of community water sources.

Construction of sanitary and waste disposal facilities.

Formation and capacity building of community groups for sustainable management of water and sanitary facilities.


10. AFPRO (S.D.C.)




To strengthen and consolidate the institutions in the identified project villages.
To establish linkage with Panchyat institutions and take the opportunities of available local resources.
To intiate in process of resource regeneration an utilization with small initiatives in each of the project village.
To create employment opportunity in the project village especially for benefiting marginal section with special emphasis on women and landless.


Expected Outcome


This project has been initiated to make the contribution in evolving approaches for natural resource management programme. Hence, following are the expectation out of eighteen months of project;

Village level organization would take up action part in implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme.
At the end of project clear linkages would be visible between CBOs and Panchyat institution in project villages.
Due to involvement of PR institution in project villages, local resources are mobilized during implementation of activities.
It is expected that this project will initiate the process of regeneration of resources and demonstrate the better utilization practices in project village.
Project intervention will lead towards increasing income earning options especially for women and landless.

11. SwaShakti Project



Make the women aware of their right in family and community.
To link women with issues relevant to the time.
Make the women reach up to social, economic and political institutions.


Functional 56 women Self Help Groups (SHGs).
16 SHGs initiated entrepreneurial activity as for income generation.
Liaison with Government Programmes and took financial grant Rs. 277500/- for income generation.

12. I.C.T. Project

Leverageing Information Communication Technologies (I.C.T.) through weekly market centres for tribal (Indigenous) communities.



To test whether Internet can be brought to remote communities.
To check whether weekly markets can provide the leverage for ‘door-step’ availability of Internet.
To tackle the lack of infrastructure problems (Electricity, Technology support, Phone lines) while using Internet technology.
To assess the impact of use of Internet on tribal community.
To understand the social & Psychological factors which influence use or non use of Internet technology.
To identify areas where Internet can be used both in collaboration with Government and otherwise.
To identify technologies (e.g. Public Address system) & systems complimentary to Internet for greater effectiveness in information dissemination and use.
To understand how the government machinery responds to the use of this technology.
To assess the economic benefit to the community.


Information and communication centre successfully established in the remote village.
Villagers felt need like results of school examination, copy of forms, photocopy, information on agriculture and health practices disseminated.
52 women got training in data entry in computer.
Benefits to rural Poor.
Saving of time and money.
Quicker redressal of complaints.
Quicker satisfaction of information needs.
Lesser harassment.

13. C.C.F. India



Reduce under five child mortality rates to the level of 70 per 1000 live births and maternal mortality rates to half of 1990 levels by total immunization of children and mothers against five life risk diseases and prevention against hazards of unsanitary and unhygienic conditions.
Reduce severe and moderate malnutrition among under five year children by one half of 1990 levels through own devised recipes using local edible materials.
Provide safe drinking water Bore wells and dug wells, including irrigation wells, every month in the summer and rainy season.
Provide/ utilize infrastructure for basic and pre-primary and primary education to cover 80 percent village children.
Reduce adult illiteracy to at least half of its 1990 level with emphasis on female literacy.
Assist families to organize higher income generation activities.
Identify trades as per felt-needs and preferences of the future beneficiaries and arrange to provide training for entrepreneurship development and skill formation in the selected spheres as also assistance in getting loans and service facility from Banks and other funding/marketing institutions.
Help environmental regeneration through social and farm forestry, wasteland development and regular campaigns and rallies for protection of peripheral reserve and other forests in the area.
Help resolve individual and community related problems by regular monitoring and timely intervention through village Self-Help Associations linked to SIRDI but elected and managed by villagers.
Enhance participation by beneficiary parents and communities in decision making, identification of needs, prioritization of programme and services assessment and impact evaluation.
Organize training for members of Mahila Mandal and Parent groups for encouraging their active involvement on aspects of social and emotional development of children and early childhood care and development aspects.
Organize quarterly demonstration camps and workshops for wormi culture, Biodynamic agricultural and environmental improvement practices regularly.
Organize farmers, women’s and youth forums every three months for 2 to 5 days for interaction on all the above aspects.


124 local ‘Dais’ of 26 villages trained.
100% immunization of the pregnant and children of 26 villages with the help of A.N.M.
All the functional hand pumps are maintained with the help of PHE
Drinking water facility through well construction in 13 villages.
Removed malnourishment by providing balanced diet to 1100 children and 50 mothers everyday.
Established community managed 25 functional libraries at 25 villages especially for children.
Intensively worked to increase the number of school going children and so literacy percentage increased.
Food security through establishing 8 Grain Banks.
30 functional SHGs till date who had saved one lakh seventeen thousand in their account.
26 village’s development committee having more than 10 lakh rupees in their bank account and rest are used as revolving fund.
Soil and water conservation in 966 hect. of soil.

14. C.I.D.A. Project



Skill Development.
Economic Development.
Learn and be aware about their rights improvement of health-nutrition of women and children.
To reduce illiteracy.
To involve women in marketing activities.
To purchase machinery and raw materials.
To establish Tana Bana Show room.
Link with design institutions.
Link with potential customers (Govt., Non-govt. commercial).
To create a revolving fund.
Training of women.

Expected Result

40 women will be trained in a year.
Employment to 40 women, who will earn nearly Rs. 40/- per day of work
Since 8 looms per centre will be provided, each loom will have 5 women and thus fully worked.
The looms will become self sustaining in one year.

15. Water Aid Project



Sufficient availability of safe water for human and cattle consumption in all the project villages.
Availability of appropriate sanitary and waste disposal infrastructure in all the villages.
Promotion of safe hygiene, sanitation and water behavior in community.
Awaking people against use of polythene and addiction of tobacco and creating infrastructure for safe disposal of non-biodegradable waste.
Creation and strengthening of local institution to address various issues related to water hygiene and sanitation and to sustain change achieved.
Capacity building of village community and other stakeholders in relation to water hygiene and sanitation.
Creation of demand for hardware related to water and sanitation in village community.

Expected Outcomes

Awareness on safe water, hygiene and sanitation practices.
Creation for demand for water and sanitation related hardware.
Decrease in addiction of tobacco products and also in use of polythene.
Safe disposal of polythene and other non-bio-degradable waste.

16. P.A.C.S.



Income security to members of 138 women SHGs.
Effective participation of members of women SHGs in politico-development process through Gram Sabha, Panchyats and others local level institutions
Organizing women SHGs in form of federation for their mutual benefit of getting access to market and finance

Expected Outcomes

Income security to women of 138 SHGs (113 SHGs already formed, 40 of them are trained in general group management aspects and 23 trained and engaged in I.G. activities).
Improved participation in Gram Sabha, Panchyats, other local level institutions (30 persent participation of women in meetings of meetings of Gram Sabha of villages) by end of project terms
Effective planning and monitoring of resources and development work with the local level institutions(PRI, Forest Development, Governments missions) by project team
SHG federation (which already exists) has formed and effective administrative structure, marketing and sourcing infrastructure.

17. Tana Bana Project



Improving backward and forward linkages of Tana Bana Centre.
Organizational strengthening and sustainability
Improving management and production process
Skill and technology up gradation.

Expected Results

40 additional women will be trained in weaving activities
100% increase in production by end of project over present production of Rs. 300000/-.
A well-defined marketing system, which will competitively position the co-operative society in market place. Society is able to sell all its products with involvement of women in marketing
Streamlined production and management process like accounting inventory management, production and quality control. Systems for wages, work division and job definition
Adequate working capital of around Rs. 4.00 lakhs with society
Well established linkage with directorate of handicraft and other government department
Centre providing full time employment to 80 women end of project
Formal and functional organization structure with clearly defined role

Achievement of Tana Bana (CIDA)

Organized groups of 40 women of four Self Help Groups by setting up 11 looms and 7 Amber Charkha for spinning and weaving
Constructed a shed enough to hold ten looms
Provided marketing of products like Bed-sheets, Towels, and Cloth through weekly market, local fair and state level exhibition. Also supplied to schools
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