Meghalaya Livelihood And Access To Markets Projects

Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022

Project Goal

Program Goal

Doubling income of farmers by creating and improving on income generating activities that are based on the local produce of rural areas, and then developing markets for these produce so that opportunities for sustainable livelihoods can be created.


Program Duration

December 2014 - December 2022

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Program Objective

Higher family incomes and better quality of life in rural Meghalaya‘ through ‘expanded and sustainable livelihood opportunities adapted to the hill environment and to the effects of climate change. The key performance indicators for LAMP in the financing agreement include:

  • At least 50,000 households adopt new livelihood opportunities linked to markets.
  • 540 villages accessing services for enterprise development from government and private sector
  • 1,200 villages with 90,000 households implementing natural resource management plans
  • 20,000 households report reduced time to collect domestic water
  • 70% of Integrated Village Cooperative Societies (IVCS) are financially sustainable and have loan recovery rates of at least 95%

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Program Activity

Project activities are implemented through Three Core Components namely,

  • Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM).
  • Rural Finance (RF)
  • Inclusive Supply Chain Development and Enterprise Development (ISC & ED).

INRM addresses the challenges relating to land conservation, soil health and access to land for various livelihood activities. RF is aimed at alleviating the challenge of access to financial services in rural areas by creating community managed village institutions known as IVCS that would provide basic financial services such as thrift and credit. And ISC & ED enables inclusive growth of commodity supply chains which cover not only crops and livestock products but also enterprise development.

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Program Coverage

1350 villages in 18 Blocks across all 11 Districts

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Program Budget

  • IFAD Loan Amount: 50 Million USD
  • GoM: 49.6 Million USD
  • Beneficiaries Contribution: 12.6 Million USD
  • Banks: 29.3 Million USD
  • Covergence: 28.2 Million USD
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Program significance: NRM and livelihoods

Natural resources of land, water and forests are principal sources of livelihoods for the rural people in Meghalaya besides providing water, food and climate security to all the people in the State. Indeed, due to its location and terrain Meghalaya affects the ecological security of the neighbouring region, especially the northern plains of Bangladesh into which over half of the State’s rainwater runoff is directly discharged. Agriculture is the main source of livelihoods for over 70% of rural households. Given its climate, the State’s natural resources offer tremendous potential to produce a wide variety of fruits, flowers and medicinal and aromatic plants besides supporting agriculture and livestock rearing to provide food and nutrition security to its population. Improving the management of natural resources offers the greatest opportunity for enhancing the livelihoods of the people, especially the rural people in Meghalaya.

Projected impact of the program

1. Natural Resources and Food Security aims to meet the basic needs of communities for water and food via: · Improved access to water (for domestic and agricultural use) · Improved and sustainable land management · Increased production of food crops. 2. Livelihoods Support aims to increase incomes and create employment via: · Improved access to enterprise development services· Expansion of clusters producing commodities for the market· Development of livestock production· Improved access to rural markets· Improved access to financial services. 3. Knowledge Services aims to support rural development efforts via:· Information hub to support natural resource management and the growth of enterprises.

Head of Program

Dr Vijay Kumar, D, IAS

Project Director

Smt. Isawanda Laloo

Additional Project Director


Mr L. Shabong

General Manager

Natural Resource Management

Mr. Augustus Suting

Deputy Project Director

Inclusive Supply Chain and Enterprise Development

Mr. Herbert Pariat

General Manager

Rural Finance

Mr. Wankit Swer

General Manager

Knowledge Management

Additional Details

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