State Govt to get USD 34 million grant to ensure food security in the vulnerable & tribal areas
Bhubaneswar: The first Green Climate Fund Project from India ” Ground water recharge and solar micro irrigation to ensure food security and enhance resilience in vulnerable tribal areas of Odisha” have been approved by GCF board today.
According to a senior official in the state government, this prestigious project has been obtained technical clearance from NABARD which is the national implementing entity, independent technical advisory panel and it has the approval of the union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
The project was conceptualized by Department of Water Resources, Government of Odisha under the direct supervision of Principal Secretary Water Resources. The project document was prepared by leading climate change advisory firm CTRAN under the climate innovation program of ACT (a DFID funded Program).
GCF will provide a grant of 34 million USD to Government of Odisha through NABARD. The project will impact 5.2 million vulnerable food insecure households in 15 priority districts with high level of food insecurity, water scarcity and high climatic stress (present and future scenario) and with high proportion of vulnerable SC-ST population. 2.59 million of this population are males and 2.6 million are females. They account for 12% of the entire population of the state. It will directly impact 1.54 mn vulnerable SC-ST households. The project will be for 6 years.