OSVSWA believes in implementation of any activity at the ground with prior and proper planning through detailed research of the issue with scientific solutions, designing of appropriate implementation plan, model demonstration and its wider replication for adhering optimum output against the resources utilized.
Our major Research and Development Projects are :
1) Variety, Technology and Seed System Development for Pulses in Odisha
OSVSWA in collaboration with International Centre for Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) is currently implementing the project ‘Variety, Technology and Seed System Development for Pulses in Odisha” in 3 districts, they are: Keonjhar, Kandhamal and Khurdha. The project components are : a) Gram Panchayat level Trial, b) Farmer Field Demonstration, c) establishing village seed hubs (mostly managed by the women SHG Groups) with tools and implements, d) establishing Common Hiring Centers with provision of farm related tools and implements, and e) community mobilization.
2) Spineless Cactus in Hilly / Degraded lands, and Grasspea in Winter Crop, Fallows for Fodder, Food and Nutrition Security in Tribal Areas of Odisha
OSVSWA in collaboration with International Centre for Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) is currently implementing the project ‘Spineless Cactus in Hilly / Degraded lands, and Grass pea in Winter Crop, Fallows for Fodder, Food and Nutrition Security in Tribal Areas of Odisha” in 4 districts, they are: Kandhamal, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Khurdha. The project intends for productive utilization, and soil and water conservation of hilly & degraded lands through cultivation of Spineless Cactus, and ensuring a second crop from winter fallows through cultivation of improved grass pea varieties for food, fodder and nutrition security in tribal areas of Odisha.
Productive use of hilly degraded/ wastelands, and winter crop fallows, and livelihood enhancement through production of multi-purpose spineless cactus and grass pea for fodder, food and value added products in the state of Odisha.
Productive use and conservation of waste, degraded, winter crop fallow land and enhanced community livelihood through.
Introduction & multiplication of local suitable spineless cactus & grass pea species.
Standardize zero –till, agronomy, harvest, food/ fodder/ feeding/ value addition strategy.
Capacity building of community, department, CBOs and other stake holders.
Science publications and papers on the project impacts.
A custom hiring centre has been established in every village to maintain the tools and implements provided under the project.
3) Promotion and cultivation of Barley (Hordeum vulgare)
Barley, a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain grown in temperate climates globally. It was one of the first cultivated grains, particularly in Eurasia as early as 10,000 years ago. OSVSWA with support from ICARDA is implementing this project in its pulse promotion project areas as a pilot demonstration.
4) Promotion and cultivation of wheat
As a pilot demonstration, OSVSWA with support from ICARDA is implementing this project in its pulse promotion project areas as a pilot demonstration. Wheat is a grass widely cultivated for its seed, a cereal grain which is a worldwide staple food.
5) Views from the Front Line (VFL)
OSVSWA is also conducting its study on disaster risk reduction i.e. Views from the Front Line. OSVSWA has been nominated as the National Coordinating Organization (NCO) to implement the Views from the Front Line project in collaboration with Global Network of CSOs for Disaster Reduction.
Views from the frontline (VFL) 2019 is the largest independent global review of Disaster Risk Reduction at the local level. It aims to strengthen the inclusion and collaboration between at risk people, civil society and government in the design and implementation of policies and practices to reduce risks and strengthen resilience.
6) Mercury Free Dentistry – Odisha A Model State
OSVSWA, with support from World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry & Consumers for Dental Choice, USA in collaboration with Asian Centre for Environmental Health is currently implementing this pilot research and development project to make the Odisha, a model state in India to practice mercury free dentistry.