After the successful implementation of Uttarakhand Livelihoods Improvement Project for the Himalayas (ULIPH), Government of Uttarakhand with support from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) is implementing a follow-up project, the Integrated Livelihood Support Project (ILSP) since July 2013 till March 2019.


The justification for ILSP is the need to stop the deterioration of the productive infrastructure, make farm labour more productive and farming more remunerative, and hence provide incentives for people to invest their time and resources in agriculture. Despite the disadvantages that agriculture faces in the hill areas, Uttarakhand does have the advantage of cooler temperatures at higher altitudes, allowing production of off-season vegetables (OSV) and temperate fruits. The horticultural sector is less developed in Uttarakhand than in the other hill states, so there is also considerable potential for growth, in other niche products such as spices, medicinal and aromatic plants and fruit nuts. Beside these, tourism is another area with high growth potential. However, more need to be done to ensure that local people fully participate in, and benefit from, these sectors. The population is fairly well educated, but the level of youth unemployment is relatively high. Therefore, proper vocational training will help such people find good quality employment in the growth sectors of the country.

ILSP is being implemented in 44 blocks of 11 districts (Almora, Bageshwar, Chamoli, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Rudrapryag, Dehradun, Pouri, Champawat, Pithoragarh and Nanital)


The overall objective (goal) of ILSP is to reduce poverty in hill districts of Uttarakhand. This would be achieved via the more immediate development objective to “enable rural households to take up sustainable livelihood opportunities integrated with the wider economy”.
The strategy behind ILSP is to adopt a two pronged approach to building livelihoods in hill districts. The first of these is to support and develop the food production systems which remain the main means of support for most households. The second main thrust of the project is to generate cash incomes by supporting non-farm livelihoods, especially community involvement in rural tourism, and vocational training.

Contact संपर्क

Central Project Coordinating Unit
केंद्रीय परियोजना समन्वयन इकाई
Phone: 0135-2774800 Fax: 2773800
Address: 216, Phase-2, Panditwari, Dehradun