Livelihood Mapping is a methodical process that provides an opportunity to the practitioners to assess various opportunities to strengthen the existing livelihood choices and at the same time, identify new opportunities to strengthen the livelihood base of the individual, household and the community.

This methodology enables the practitioners to  
  1. enhance the understanding on the gaps in the existing livelihoods in the area of operation;
  2. build awareness about the various opportunities in the livelihoods that are locally being practiced or have a potential;
  3. gain a sense of the emerging livelihoods in the area; and
  4. develop a road map on promoting various community-based institutions to enhance access to livelihood support services.
Why livelihood mapping?

One of the important challenges that India is facing is creating livelihoods for a very large population. Livelihood promotion is a complex process as livelihoods are influenced by various factors including skills, resources that a household possesses, availability and access to various external resources such as natural, physical, social, human and financial resources. Due to limited access to knowledge and understanding on livelihood promotion, many Livelihood Promoting Organizations (LPOs) struggle to achieve their objectives of their livelihood promotion efforts. It is essential to have a systematic knowledge on the process of livelihood promotion which is possible by assessing the multiple factors that affect any given livelihood.

ILRTs experience in Livelihood program and mapping

ILRT has conducted Livelihood Mapping and studies across the country  for various agencies. Some agencies for which Livelihood Mapping has been conducted by ILRT –

Ford Foundation, Tata Trusts, IFAD, Helvetas Swiss Inter-cooperation, Hivos, UNDP, GIZ, The World Bank, and Department & Agencies of Government of India such as SFAC, NABARD, NRLM, CARE, Oxfam, Grameen Foundation USA, Plan International, Sightsavers, World Vision, International Fiscal Studies, etc

Sl. No.  Title of the Study Name of the Client Year of Study Download Study
1 Livelihood Mapping and Value chain analysis of (In Chhindwara district, MP) – value chain study of Maize, Pulses, Goatery, Poultry, Mahua &Custard Apple Hindustan Unilever Limited 2019-20
2 Livelihood Mapping and Value chain analysis of (In Sidhi district, MP) – value chain study of Bamboo, Moringa, Aonla,  Jackfruit, Mahua & Palash World Resources Institute (WRI), India 2018
3 Livelihood Mapping and Sub-sector study on (in Meghalaya state) 1) A Study Report of Pig-Farming in Meghalaya, 2) Study on Pottery in Larnai and Tyrchang villages, 3) Study of Tyrshang Black Pottery) Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA), Govt. of Meghalaya 2016
4 Livelihood Mapping and Value chain study of Paddy, Maize, Rajma, Vegetables, Dairy, Backyard poultry, Goatery and Sheep, Fishery, Apple, Walnut and Honey in Doda district, Jammu & Kashmir GIZ and NABARD, Mumbai 2015
5 Livelihood Mapping and Value chain study of Piggery, Poultry, Bay Leaf, Orange, Cashew-nuts and Arecanut in Meghalaya Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA), Govt. of Meghalaya 2014
6 Livelihood Mapping and  Value chain analysis on (in Mandla district of MP) with value chain study of Goatery, Mahua, Vegetables, Electrician and Mobile repairing GIZ and NABARD, Mumbai 2012
7 Livelihood Mapping and Value chain analysis on (in Bastar district of CG) with value chain study of Backyard poultry, Cashew nut, Bel-matal, Electrician and Mason GIZ and NABARD, Mumbai 2012
8 Livelihood Mapping in Gaya District Bihar – a situation analysis of three sub-sectors- Goatery, Paddy and Incense stick-making (Agarbatti) GIZ- India, Delhi 2012