By livelihood, AIDA refers to the means of supporting one’s existence, especially financially or vocationally to secure the necessities of life. AIDA designs socially relevant and constructive strategies to achieve livelihood security. Our target groups are the poor, vulnerable and the marginalized, unemployed youths, the unskilled, women, children, rural farmers, entrepreneurs, persons with disability and artisans.

The Livelihood projects aim to enhance livelihoods and ensure food security by promoting land based and non-land-based activities; facilitating skill development trainings to improve agricultural yield, enhance household income and encourage self- employment; building partnerships and linkages with other skill training agencies, financial institutions and government departments for access to information and technology, government schemes, loans and greater market access.

Strategies and annual outreach:

  • 33 farmers groups work directly with over 500 marginal farmers in 60 villages of Assam through trainings in agriculture and livestock development. This has enabled the marginal farmers to appropriate the entitlements avail for the agriculture and livestock. They also learn the proper ways of do agricultural activities and rearing livestock.                                                                                                                                                                                             


  • Over 200 farmers are linked to Agriculture and Animal Husbandry departments annually for benefits, grants and subsidy in 60 villages in upper Assam. Small rural farmers and rural marginalised people are also empowered through this.                                                                                                                                

  • 250 Income Generation Activities (IGA) groups are formed and engage with over 500 unemployed in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Assam to help them become self-reliant and productive members in the society. This has also paved way to the starting of many self-employment possibilities among the youth and the farmers.                                                                                                                                                                                     


  • Training on pig rearing was provided to those interested from 5 villages of Dimapur. They underwent training at RESETI, Jaluki and availed loan under PMMY piggery loan programme for setting up piggery unit in their respective villages. Over 80 people are trained and linked to the PMMY scheme so far from the adopted villages.                                                                                                                                                         


  • Villagers of Bade and UrraDimapur district are trained on Banana Fibre Extraction  in order to set up Banana Fibre Extraction units in the village, which could become another means of livelihood for the people.                                                                                                                                       


  • Training is provided to the youth and farmers in the various project villages on Mushroom cultivation to encourage setting up of mushroom farm for income generation as well as training of other villagers.                                                                                                                                                               


  • Training on pig rearing and awareness on management practices for feeds and disease control of piggery farm is provided to 62 villages in Tinsukia district of upper Assam and villagers of 5 villages adopted under AIDA-SBI Gram Seva project, Dimapur district.                                                     

  • Awareness on Integrated Nutrient Management and Bio-control of Pest and diseases is provided to 82 village marginal farmers of 5 villages adopted under  the Gram Seva project, Dimapur district.                                                                                                                                                                             

  • Farmers from the villages on an exposure visit to Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at MedziphemaDimapur district to learn about Vermin culture, pig rearing and poultry farm.                                                                                                                                                                                                 

  • Farmers and youth are trained in vermicompost and vermiculture in Tinsukia district and by experts in this field from ICAR, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), MediphemaDimapur. This training is to encourage farmers to take to organic agriculture in their farming practices.