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Supporting Farmer Producer Companies for Value Chain Development in Maharastra (2017)

The project aims to identify the support needed to build climate resilience for small farmers and producers. The key objectives are to: 1) Undertake an institutional evaluation of Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) to highlight the capacity, management, technological, financial, infrastructural and governance gaps; 2) Support FPCs in drawing up business plans that include incorporating climate-resilient crops into cropping patterns; 3) Ensure that FPC’s business plans are of sufficiently good quality that they can be used in negotiating loans with credit providers; and 4) Enable FPCs access financing and credit linkage from banks, financial institutions, donors and government.

Clean Energy Access Program (2018)

IIEC implemented an on-ground program for improved health services for socio-economic development in selected villages in Uttarakhand. The focus was on providing solar electricity to Primary Health Clinics so that they are able to function more effectively and provide better care facilities for the local communities. The availability of 24x7 electricity in the Primary Health Clinics also ensured the availability of resources to store necessary and life-saving medicines that were missing earlier. Through this initiative, IIEC has been able to mobilise the support of local communities and doctors and help build a sense of ownership amongst the villagers for this project. The local villagers and doctors in charge were trained for the day-to-day maintenance of the lighting system. Along with this, the project and equipment were officially transferred to the Gram Panchayats and the doctors-in-charge, again an example of building a sense of ownership for the local community.

Study for Climate Resilient Agriculture in Assam (2018)

This project aimed to outline steps to facilitate policy uptake of value chain analysis while providing additional support to build the resilience of the sector to climate change. This project focuses on 1) Establishing a clear road map for reviving ginger corp production; 2) Develop an easy to use guide for vulnerability assessment methodology using ginger corp as an example; 3) Develop a framework for establishing community-based seed banks, and 4) Capacity building on performing in-depth vulnerability assessment and establishing community seed banks.

Evaluation of HSF – Water Conservation and Climate Change Training of Trainers (TOT) Program for Elected Women Representatives in Rural Rajasthan (2016)

IIEC worked as an expert evaluator in the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) water conservation and climate change TOT program in Rural Rajasthan. Centre for Social Research (CSR) implemented the project in collaboration with HSF to design and implement a training program to educate rural communities in Rajasthan on water conservation, climate change, and gender. The Training of Trainers–TOT program was designed and executed in four phases (2012- 2015) with target focus on elected woman representatives and to-be elected woman representatives in selected blocks. IIEC evaluated the impact and effectiveness of the TOT program in fulfilling the program objectives. The primary objectives of the TOT program were to I) increase awareness on water issues and gender inequality, ii) increase knowledge amongst Elected Women Representatives (EWR) about tools and existing water conservation schemes, and iii) build capacity among EWRs to lead water conservation initiatives at the village level. The evaluation provided recommendations for further improvement resulting in wider replication and impact at the grassroots level.