Welcome to Sustainable Livelihood Institute

The Sustainable Livelihood Institute is a unique initiative by the Government of Tamil Nadu- It is the only Institute of its kind in all of South Asia offering Sustainable Livelihood Capacity Building solutions. The Institute conceptualizes, designs, organizes and delivers programmes for skill, knowledge and perspective building on sustainable livelihoods to the officials of the Rural Development Department as well as leaders of the Rural Communities. It has been developed to deliver successful, equitable and environment friendly livelihood solutions for the state of Tamil nadu.    Read more...

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  • Tamilnadu Economic Policy Dialogue

    Director, SLI will be participating in the “Tamilnadu Economic Policy Dialogue” at IIT-M on 8th Sept to share insights on the rural livelihoods and agriculture in the state.

  • MANAGING AN EVENT, RAISING THE BAR: What gives us pleasure at the end of a decent day with more than 1000 people, primarily farmers, turning up?

    1. Zero waste event – not a single plastic or non decomposable material was used by the organizers for the entire event. The only waste that left the venue was the decomposable plates and they went into the SLI compost in our office. All the banners were cloth and hand painted (with words careful to …More

  • Seed Festival 2018 at SLI

    SLI is a unique venture by the Tamilnadu Rural Livelihood Mission in collaboration with Auroville Foundation. SLI has been trying to design and deliver sustainable livelihood programmes to rural community leaders and community institution members and officials dealing with livelihoods in Tamilnadu, since its inception in 2015. As part of its commitment to the conservation and transmission of …More

  • Greetings from Sustainable Livelihood Institute (SLI)

    Greetings from Sustainable Livelihood Institute (SLI), Auroville. Three years is a short time in the life of a knowledge institution, but, could be a very long time in a given context. Livelihoods in rural Tamilnadu has been deeply challenged in the last decade and half due to several phenomena, viz., the global economy and Indian …More

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  • Deepika Receiving the Nari Puraskar..

    Deepika Receiving the Nari Puraskar..

    Deepika our faculty aDeepika, one of the best seed savers in the country, and based out of the Pebble Garden - Biodiversity, Reafforestation, Sustainable Horticulture in Auroville receiving the Nari Puraskar from His Excellency President of India on 8th March 2018 (women award on the International Women's Day). Organic farmers, seed savers and real tradition saviours are not often recognised or honoured. This is an acknowledgement of one of the most painstaking and thankless works of saving seeds and thereby life and hope for the future generations. The honour stands honoured.
    SLI is proud to have had Deepika as one of our faculty and great inspiration since the beginning. Cheers and strength to this spirit and perseverance great inspiration since the beginning. Cheers and strength to this spirit and perseverance.

  • India Bio diversity Award 2018

    India Bio diversity Award 2018

    SLI is happy to share and congratulate that one of our key faculty Mrs. Parvathi Nagarajan has received prestigious India Bio diversity Award 2018 for Sustainable use of biological resources, the award honored by Governor of Telungana state , Ministry of Environment and Forest and National Bio diversity Authority.

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