This volume of the SOIL Report provides an annual policy update in the context of livelihoods promotion of poor. It reviews the existing primary research on the agricultural sector to highlight key trends, identify the main livelihood gaps, and give an overview of key livelihood interventions that seek to address these gaps. It covers the current state of skills policy in India and the evidence that we have so far, of its impact and effectiveness, the current economic scene and employment prospects and industry demand in 2013. It also explores the links to livelihood outcomes and behaviour from a social protection perspective, especially for the poor and the workers within the informal sector. As a new feature, the SOIL Report 2013 also carries a Statistical Atlas of Livelihoods, which illustrates some of the major indictors of the status of livelihood using disaggregated data at the state level.
ACCESS Development Services is a national support organisation with focus on incubating innovations for sustainable livelihoods of the poor. Set up in March 2006, ACCESS is structured uniquely, to work at all levels of the value chain—implementing programmes on the ground, working with Civil Society Organizations, Government Departments, Corporate Sector and Multilateral/ Bilateral agencies to improve and enhance their programme as also undertaking national initiatives to influence and support policy initiatives and strengthen the enabling environment.