Centre for Livelihoods

Centre's Mandate

The mandate of Centre for Livelihoods’ is to make conscious efforts for capacity building of the rural livelihoods professionals by enhancing their knowledge and skills, through training and exposure so as to enable them in efficient delivery of services in line with government’s endeavour to improve the quality of life in rural India.


  • To carryout research studies and action research on sustainable rural livelihoods so as provide inputs in policy framing and programme design.
  • To sensitise the professionals in rural livelihood on the importance of sustainable livelihoods framework, strategies, activities, outcomes, security, assets and livelihoods content through the means of trainings, conferences, symposiums, seminars and workshops.

Thrust Area & Scope

Following are the Thrust Areas of the Centre:

A. Sustainable Rural Livelihoods:

  • Agriculture, Food & Nutritional Security, Natural Resources and Environmental Services
  • Institutions, Relations and Politics
  • Technology, Skills and Health
  • Infrastructure, Equipment etc.
  • Convertible Assets/ Savings, Cash

B. Application of Analytical Tools and Techniques in Livelihoods

  • Livelihoods Frameworks (Constituents, Constraints, Strategies, Assets and Technologies)
  • Diversifying Livelihoods - Drivers of Change
  • Risk, Vulnerability & Cope-up Mechanisms from Shocks
  • Poverty and Social Impact Analysis
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Methods for Valuing Natural Capital
  • Livelihood Sustainability Analysis

C. Policy, Delivery and Governance

  1. Policy, Delivery and Governance

    National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) – Ajeevika, Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP), Ajeevika - Skill Development Programme; Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP); Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS); National Horticulture Mission (NHM); Rashtriya Krushi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) etc.

  2. Sector-Wise Development

    1. Sustainable Agriculture - Farm and Non-Farm Sector- Non-Timber Forest Produce
    2. Animal Husbandry include Dairy
    3. Micro-Finance
    4. Horticulture
    5. Cottage Industry
    6. Rural Services
    7. Employment
    8. Rural Youth, Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship
    9. Skill Training
    10. Markets

D. Convergence and Partnerships in Livelihoods

  • Convergence of core programmes such as MGNREGS, PMKSY-IWMP, RKVY, NHM, PMAY etc., with livelihood components
  • Relationships with PRIs, NGOs and CSOs
  • Value-chain based business partnerships and market linkages, collaboration with RBI, NABARD, PSUs and other Financial / Banking Institutions


Dr Y Ramana Reddy

Professor & Head, Center for Livelihoods

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D. (Animal Nutrition), Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, INSA-DFG Fellow
Areas of Specialisation : Livestock, Livelihoods, Crop-Livestock Farming Systems, Livestock Value Chains, (Dairy, Small Ruminants and Piggery), Fodder Value Chain, Fodder Markets, Natural Resource Management.
Email : yramanareddy.nird[at]

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Dr U Hemantha Kumar

Associate Professor

Education : M.A; M.Phil; Ph.D (Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Development Economics; Sustainable Rural Livelihoods; Participatory Irrigation Management; Natural Resources Management; Wage Employment
Email : hemanthakumar.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008486
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Dr G V Krishna Lohi Das

Assistant Professor (Sr.Scale)

Education : Ph.D (Agriculture)
Areas of Specialisation : Integrated Farming; Rainfed Farming; Participatory Rural Development; Natural Resources Management; Farm based Livelihoods.
Email : gvklohidas.nird[at]
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Dr Raj Kumar Pammi

Assistant Professor

Education : M.A; M.Phil; Ph.D (Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Development Economics; Participatory Rural Appraisal, Sustainable Rural Livelihoods; Socio-Economic Impact Assessments of Rural Development Programmes, Poverty, Agriculture, Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Watersheds.
Email : prajkumar.nird[at]
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