The Project alternative livelihood approach, has further endeared it to many, most especially those at the rural communities and the policy makers as well. Presently 4, 178 has received sub-grant for alternative livelihood activities, the real essence of this activity is to better the life of the people and reduces pressure from the soil.
Alternative livelihood enhancement activity is one of the key component of the Nigeria Erosion and Water Management Project (NEWMAP). The was conceived not only to help mitigate adverse effect on soil but an integrated approach to provide a better living condition of those who live within the shadows of the gullies and to enhance their livelihood.
The livelihoods program is meant to increase incomes for rural households from improved agricultural and forest practices through the use of conservation agriculture, agro-forestry, and natural regeneration and thereby help to reduce pressure on the soil.
Under this subcomponent, project beneficiaries have formed Community Interest groups using the Community Demand Driven approach (CDD) and the beneficiaries have been empowered both in terms of funding (sub-grant) and capacity building to develop business proposals and community action plans for funding.
Currently, over 4, 864 persons are implementing their various livelihoods activities and the beneficiaries comprise of women, men and youth including vulnerable groups such as direct project affected persons, persons with issues on litigation, widows, persons with disabilities and teenage single mothers.
Some of the alternative livelihoods activities include Poultry, Fish farms, crops, pig farms, tailoring, cassava, and palm oil processing, ICT etc.
Significant progress on livelihoods activities in the seven leading states has been tremendous given the now established Community Interest Groups (CIGs), which provides relevant training, and distribution of sub-grants based on clear award criteria. In the three states with the most progress (Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu), 123 CIGs have been established, covering nearly 3,000 beneficiaries (58 percent females) and with nearly half of the approved funding for sub-grants now disbursed.
On resettlement to date, 987 Project Affected People (PAPs) have been identified and approved, and 57% have received their agreed payments.