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Agragamee, which means, “pioneer”, is a group of activists and thinkers committed to working for and with the poorest and most marginalised communities for their empowerment, and self-reliance in India. Our approach of ‘food and voice’ seeks to initiate a people-centred development which combines a rights-based approach with programmes for socio-economic development.

Agragamee started work in the Kashipur block of Rayagada District in 1981 as the Social Work & Research Centre (Orissa) was registered separately as Agragamee in April 1987. It currently works directly in ten districts of Orissa and indirectly in some more through a consortium of partner-NGOs. It is amongst Orissa’s most well-known and respected NGOs.

Agragamee has attempted to work with the people to empower them through awareness, means, rights, skills and opportunities necessary to check their exploitation and to sustainably manage their natural resource base.

Our key focus areas are:

• Education and empowerment of the underprivileged and marginalised sections

• Child rights and Primary Education

• Entrepreneurship Development with special emphasis on women’s groups and Mahila Mandals

• Integrated watershed development and natural resource management (NRM)

• Horticulture Development with emphasis on Organic Farming and Orchard Development

• Renewable Energy including Solar Lights and Micro-Hydels

• Environmental protection

• Women empowerment and childcare related programmes

• Research, advocacy and networking in issues relevant to the tribal context


In General to promote throughout India all aspects of tribal development and, in particular to adopt an integrated approach to help the tribal communities in mobilizing for self-sustaining development organizations and to build up an institutional base for training of tribal youth as well as young educated professionals.


• To attempt total human development and social change in tribal areas through awareness generation, and the formation of local level organizations to ensure social justice and self-reliance

• To better the economic conditions of the Target group by suitable utilization of skills and resources

• better the economic condition of poor communities by helping them realize the potential of their skills and resources



Overall Objective

Improve quality of life of poor local communities in remote tribal pockets by enhancing participation in local governance, and improving information and access to Government schemes.

Specific Objective

• Facilitate access to information to different Government Schemes, relating primarily to nutrition, income and employment generation, education, and health

• Channelizing local youth initiative and energy to effectively reach out to local communities

• Increase understanding of the Schemes, through appropriate training, and discussion forums

• Target Group: Schedule Tribe and Scheduled caste women and children, landless and marginal farmer families, migrant workers, and displaced communities

• Final Beneficiaries Schedule tribe and Scheduled Caste Communities in the Districts mentioned above

Estimated Results

• 10000 children benefit from improved delivery of ICDS services

• 10000 school going children have better access to primary education

• 20 backward Blocks in 10 districts have better people centred planning

• 10000 women in 20 blocks benefit from women centred Gram Sabha decisions

• Sustained effort by change agents leads to overall improvement in 20 backward blocks in 10 districts



Achyut Das

Vidhya Das
Training Coordinator

Sapan Ghosh

Deepak Ku panda
Communication Coordinator

Atual kumar nayak
District Coordinator

Tripati khura
Block Coordinator

Naresh Kumar nayak
Block Coordinator

Satrughan Naik
Block Coordinator

Muralidhar Naik
Block Coordinator

Bijay kumar Bhitria
Block Coordinator

Srinivas das

Block Coordinator

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