Introduction of GVT

GVT is a National Level Organization established in 1999 by Krishak Bharti Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO) for bringing about a sustainable improvement in livelihood of the poor and marginalized communities, especially, the tribal population including women. Working since 1992 under the aegis of KRIBHCO, GVT has managed projects costing Rs. 111 crore during 1992-2006. Until 2005-06, it was directly funded by DFID. It is run as a trust; overseen by a Board of Trustees, which includes two Directors from Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers.


It has about 450 employees working in thirteen states (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana). During the financial year 2017-18, it managed projects costing Rs.26.43 crore.


The underlying strategy behind GVT’s approach to rural development and livelihood improvement is to promote skill development & income generating activities; encourage social entrepreneurship; improve farm productivity & add value to farm and non-farm based activities; provide market linkages for rural output (produce, goods or services); build capacity for sustainable and healthy approach to  use of natural resources, agriculture related inputs and watershed management; and reduce risk & vulnerabilities relating to nutrition, health and shelter.


GVT aims to act as a repository of knowledge and implementing capacity for wholesome approach to poverty alleviation and livelihood related risk mitigation. It manages a National Livelihood Resource Institute from a fully equipped residential campus at Ratlam (MP); and a Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at Godda Ranchi.


GVT has managed two major DFID funded projects in the past and now implements projects for various Central Ministries, State Governments, National Rainfed Area Authority, NABARD, World Bank, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Rockefeller Foundation, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, and Corporates like Larsen & Toubro, LANCO, CFCL, NTPC etc.


Major Thematic Areas of Intervention for GVT are:

  1. Natural Resource Management
  2. Skill Development
  3. Institutional Development
  4. Development Studies
  5. Health and Sanitation
  6. Education
  7. Social Entrepreneurship and Market Access ...(more)



To bring about sustainable improvement in living standards of rural poor and marginalized communities and empowering them to lead a dignified life.


Providing poor and marginalized communities new but contextual opportunities, knowledge, skill and resources for enabling their engagement in optimal and productive farm and non-farm based income generating activities as well as improving their educational & health standards.


    1. Improvement in livelihood of tribal and farming community through

          a. Skill Development,

          b. Farming Income Generating Activities (IGAs), and

          c. Non Farming IGAs;

     2.  Empowering the community through Gender and Poverty focused participatory    

          approaches and their implementation;

     3.  Establishing village based institutions for sustainability of good practices and learning

          imbibed through various interventions;

     4. Capacity building of community on governance related issues and in suitable and

           pertinent professional skills through training provided at centres set up for such purposes;

     5.  Providing knowledge based support on livelihood related issues to different organizations    

           and institutions and building capacities of the rural communities;

     6.  Research and other related activities on sustainable agriculture for dissemination of

      technological knowhow;

7.   Maintaining sustainable links with the government and other well intentioned organizations

      for advocacy purposes;

8.   Entrepreneurship Development and creation of enterprises around available skill sets and     


        9.  Strengthening Market Linkages and Market Access for rural goods & services (product &     

           skills); and

    10.  Providing e-Governance related services including Financial Inclusion (FI) and Digital   

            Identification (DI) of rural population for increased access to capital, banking services     

            and direct benefit schemes of the government run over digital platforms.


GVT aims to reach out to about 1.5 crore (15 million) people through its interventions in the next 10 years ( 2012-13 to 2021-22) and raise the earnings of about 30 lakh (3 million) people from among them by Rs. 36,000 per annum (US$ 680 @ Rs. 53 to a US$) at today’s prices (Base year being 2012-13).


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