State of India’s Livelihoods (SOIL) Report is an annual publication that addresses contemporary issues in the livelihoods sector. It is the only document that aggregates the experiences and challenges of the sector, analyses case studies and reports progress of both government and privately run programmes.
This volume provides an overview of the livelihoods situation from a macro viewpoint and includes an update on the policies, financing, and legal and fiscal framework for livelihoods. It also provides a review of important government programs in the past year. Apart from this, the report covers some new and topical themes such as the likely effects of climate change in India with a focus on agriculture, and delves into the handloom sector to look at the production and employment trends in the sector and the current government’s initiatives and challenges in the marketing of handloom products. Further, the report analyses the current opportunities and challenges for people in the Northeast in various sectors such as agriculture, sericulture, livestock, forestry, arts and crafts, and tourism. A concluding chapter summarizes the key challenges for livelihoods of the poor in the future.