CARD facilitates sustainable farm-livelihoods and sustenance post-project. The chief focus is large scale capacity building of small and marginal farmers to facilitate adoption of improved technologies and practices to attain rapid growth in farms enabling them to access mainstream markets to sustain the economic gains. The livelihoods activities broadly include improvement in agriculture, horticulture, livestock and agri-marketing sub-components.
This includes promotion of farmer interest groups, agricultural research and extension support through public agencies and private sector providers as appropriate, and facilitation of market linkages for agricultural producers’ groups including fisheries and livestock products.
It is seen that the livestock sub-sector has emerged as one of the key components of agricultural growth in recent years. As a result of steady transition from subsistence to market system, the economic dimensions of livestock have assumed increasing significance. Over 70% of the poor rural households depend on livestock farming for supplementary income. CARD has strong focus to facilitate livestock farming, especially Goatery, Fisheries and Dairy enabling a sustainable farm-livelihood.