About us

About organisation:

Fisheries and aquatic based livelihood is one of the important sectors in most of the Indian States. The priority for small-scale fisheries must be to secure and improve the benefits they provide by increasing their resilience to ecological, social and economic change. Challenges about the livelihoods of fishing community, the sustainability of inland fisheries and sustainability of the aquatic resources on which they depend also need to be built up. Centre for Aquatic livelihood-Jaljeevika is a registered non-profit organisation under company act section (25).

The rationale for institutionalizing an organization for promotion of aquatic livelihood through better resource management, institution building, policy advocacy and support in developing value chain around aquatic resources is to support small and marginal farmers who are integral part of rain-fed agriculture system.
It’s an effort to bring all the stakeholders, CBO’s, local organizations, technical experts, policy analysis and advocacy group, natural resource management and livelihood supporting agency together to bring best values of institution development towards promotion of small scale fishery and aquatic livelihood. We add greater value to our partners’ efforts through our capacity to synthesize and integrate knowledge at local, national and regional levels.

As a Resource center , Centre for Aquatic Livelihood-Jaljeevika is committed to influence state, national and regional level policy making processes in Inland fisheries so that the importance of small-scale fisheries, fish-farmers and fishing communities is duly recognized. We deliver institutional support system and bring science –farm together .We takes a multidisciplinary approach because of the complex and multi-faceted dimension of fishery sector. That will also facilitate better process for access to credit, inputs, markets, institutions and other essential ingredients associated with small scale fishery.

What we do:

  • Bring all the stakeholders together in support of fishery sector to improve socio-economic status of fish farmers.

  • Pilot action research with the support of partner organization to innovate scalable interventions in small scale fisheries that will be further linked with policy advocacy in this sector

  • Towards improving value chain through institutional collaborations and promotion/strengthening of producer organizations working on aquatic resources.

  • Facilitate aqua related entrepreneurship in collaboration with technical institutions and person associated with capacities of market linkages.

  • Study and documentation of various dimension associated with aquatic livelihood like socio-economic, institutions, gender, governance etc.

  • Organizes skill development training for fish farmers and leaders of community based institutions on aquatic enterprises and better functioning of institutions.

How we Work

To get associate with center for aquatic livelihood Jaljeevika, write to us on info@jaljeevika.org

  • We work with fishery cooperatives, FPO and local NGOs working on Inland fisheries, livelihood promoting forum, networks, policy and analysis group, Technical institutes, research center and entrepreneur group/individuals who are keen to support and promote aquatic livelihood sector.

  • The organisation brings key competencies to fishery cooperatives, CBOs with expertise in Natural resource management, livelihood, and aquaculture to work together in multidimensional approach to improve aquatic livelihood approach.

  • In long run, effort will be made to get linked with other similar efforts in South Asian nation where small scale fishery directly contributes to local economy and fish farmers. In a way it will collate available knowledge and disseminate at global forum.

Our Intervention:

  • Promotion of fisheries related FPC (farmers Producer Company) in Bundelkhand part of Madhya Pradesh and in Maharastra.
  • Through support of Tata education and development trust ( part of Tata Trust) working on institution and fishery value chain development in Andhra Pradesh. At present, we are working with fishery cooperatives in Srikakulam, Vishakhapatanam, Vijaynagaram, and Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. There we are working with nearly 1500 fisherman, covering water area spread over nearly 5000 hectare. In this pilot project we are developing skill of cooperatives members to enhance livelihood by adopting value chain models and diversified livelihood portfolio using reservoir. Our major linkages is with fishery department Andhra Pradesh, to bring a community based entrepreneurship ecosystem within fishing community. In Andhra Pradesh, we have developed community capacity in fish seed breeding, post harvesting processing, cooperative management development, collective planning process, our next effort is to establish market linkages and also establish ornamental fishery for livelihood generation.
  • We have also developed an IT product to maintain, manage and monitor cage fishery program that is been piloted in all six reservoirs.
  • Developed numbers of module on capacity development of fishery cooperative, livelihood planning development with fishery cooperatives, breeding technology manual on common carp and Gender integration in Fishery.


  • Mr.Ranjit Ambastha, Director

    Mr. Ranjit holds Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT, Ahmedabad. Apart form this he also holds Masters degree in Geography. He has 25 years of experience in development sector and has worked in research project with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has worked for Seven years with Government of Uttar Pradesh in Town planning department and worked with national level NGOs like Aga khan rural support program (Ahmedabad), Oxfam GB(Lucknow) and presently working as head of India operation for CHF international as Program Director India. He is highly specialized in Project management, Monitoring and evaluation, fund raising, urban development and livelihood of poor in urban area

  • Mr.Devanand Londhe, Director

    Mr. Devanand Londhe has completed his Civil & Rural Engineering from Kolhapur University. He has also done Disaster Management study from RADAR India. He has nearly 18 years of experience in water and disaster management sector with grassroot NGOs, International donor agency etc. He has worked with Yojak foundation, Unicef( Maharastra), Oxfam GB(Ahmedabad) , Relief international (Afganistan). Since 2008 onwards he is working as Executive Director with Payod Industry (Sangli), exporting industrial safety clothes to Indian company like Tata Motors and industries of Japan. He is one of the known young industrialist associated with FICCI and CII chapters of Maharastra. He is specialized in Water, Project management, financial services, livelihood of poors in rural area

  • Mr. Neelkanth Mishra, Chief Executive, Ashoka Fellowship

    Mr. Neelkanth Mishra has completed his Post Graduation Diploma in Rural Development from XISS. He also holds Masters degree in Public Policy from University of York, UK (Commonwealth Scholarship). He has more than 15 years of experience with national and international grant making organization. His major part of experience is in Inland fishery sector which helps to design organizations development strategy. He is highly specialized in Value chain development, Public policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, Organization/Institutional development.

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