TLC Interventions (Appropriate, Affordable, Adaptable, Eco-friendly)

Interventions promoted and supported by TLC are jointly planned with targeted communities to generate positive impacts on rural livelihoods through improvements in food security, nutrition, health and incomes with reduced risk and vulnerability i.e., promoting changes and adaptations in harmony with the environment, climate and markets. Measures to address these aims are both ameliorative and sustainable as highlighted below. (For more details, see TLC Interventions under the main menu).

  • Forestry (to reduce deforestation and to supply forestry products to households):
    • Planting trees and bamboo on individual and communal lands to meet household and village needs for fuel and building materials.
    • Introducing fuel-efficient stoves to alleviate pressures on natural woodlands as well as to save labor among women and girls for cooking and collecting wood.
    • Managing natural trees and woodlands to encourage regeneration and to restore biodiversity under sustainable plans of utilizing forest products – e.g., wood, forage, wildlife, fisheries, fruits, mushrooms, medicinal plants.
  • Sustainable Agricultural Practices (to improve food security, nutrition, and incomes):
    • Integration of conservation measures, e.g., conservation agriculture, agroforestry, organic manures, intercropping, and legume rotations to improve soils and crop yields at low cost
    • Sound agronomic practices with respect to selection of suitable crops and varieties adapted to local conditions, with proper attention to planting time, weeding, and other cultural practices for sound land and water management.
    • Low cost systems of irrigation that require no external sources of energy - stream diversion, treadle pumps, and water harvesting.
    • Farm diversification to reduce risk and vulnerability to erratic rainfall and climate change while optimizing business/market opportunities emphasizing crops and livestock adapted to the local agro-ecology and in high demand by markets.
  • Development of Rural Based Enterprises (to increase rural incomes):
    • Mushroom production
    • Fish farming and cage culture
    • Bee keeping
    • Low-cost processing and drying of agricultural produce
    • Draft oxen
  • Water and Sanitation (to reduce the incidence of common diseases):
    • Providing access to clean water from covered wells equipped with hand-pumps
    • Introducing low-cost eco-friendly pit latrines to improve standards of hygiene

For more information on specific TLC Interventions please click on the following topics:

  1. Forestry
  2. Sustainable Agricultural Practices
  3. Crop Diversification and Processing
  4. Rural-Based Enterprises
  5. Improve access of producer groups/associations to input/output markets
  6. Water and Sanitation