TGG's Sustainable Rural Development Goals

Our 16 Pillars

Our 16 Fundamental Pillars

TGG’s Sustainable Rural Development Goals encompass all essential elements to transform and improve the lives of people in rural areas through responsible and sustainable habits. Ideated to allow men to strike the right balance between industrialization and environmental concern, empowered by the true story of people who have started to live in the new sustainable way.

It is essential to effectively plan the development model of rural areas in which the project takes place by the geographical location, its culture, traditional heritage, craftsmanship, art & craft, habits, natural resources, history, education level, social awareness, and many other factors that are unique to each country.

According to the intrinsic diversity and uniqueness that characterizes different regions, we have set these goals. Each point is structured to adapt in a dynamic way to a variety of rural areas allowing them to achieve the same grade of development, ensuring that sustainability objectives are reached, as those are at the true core of the whole program.

Nature will sustain humans with its fruits, and only if the developments planned and implemented are responsible, sustainable, and taken forward with accountability, in a mutual and respectful relationship with nature, only then humans will live in true symbiosis with the environment and maximize the benefits of both worlds. This is why social transformation is a pillar of TGG’s Sustainable Rural Development Goals.

Pillar 1

Pillar 1- Agriculture and Food-Production

Agriculture and Food-Production

Every village should be self-sufficient in terms of food production, and they must be able to store and process it. Cooperative farming and chemical-free farming practice will be given special support. Plantation projects will be given priority to attain financial security for farmers. Collection of parent seeds and research on developing natural varieties that sustain the available conditions, creating value-added products, and developing natural preservatives are some research activities in which we focus. Agriculture will be the main pillar of our sustainable development goal.

  • Food security for everyone
  • Zero waste of food items produced
  • Developing plantations for sustainable revenue
  • Collection and preservation of parent seeds
  • Research support for developing biological varieties of plants
  • Research on natural preservatives
  • Ensure adequate food-supplies both locally and globally
  • Natural farming & chemical-free living 

Pillar 2

Pillar 2- Eco-Cultural Village

Eco-Cultural Village

India has much more to offer to the world in terms of its culture, cuisines, lifestyle, hospitality, traditional knowledge, home remedies, geographical knowledge, preservation methods, zero-waste techniques, and eco-products.  Enhancing the development of each of the above-mentioned areas in a systematic way and documenting them properly for information and for future reference is vital for us to speak about our historical existential reality. It will also provide useful information for travelers visiting these places, thus contributing to rural tourism development.

  • Maintaining the natural heritage and cultural values of each village
  • Ecologically balanced construction activities.
  • The revival of the authentic cuisines and its traditional preparations
  • Rural tourism & responsible living
  • Enhancement of traditional knowledge.
  • Eco-friendly lifestyle
  • Historic documentation of each village

Pillar 3

Pillar 3 - Health Care

Health Care

Prevention is better than a cure. Having good health is essential for our survival and prosperity. Reviving traditional medicinal knowledge and promoting natural cures are the priorities. Due to our change in lifestyle, we have now started depending on chemical-based drugs for a speedy recovery and quick response: however, once the situation is under control, health care should be conducted using clean natural products and with a balanced diet and healing processes, so to limit side-effects that derive from chemical-intensive drugs.

  • Healthy living
  • Reviving the knowledge of medicinal plants and their health benefits
  • Basic health care facility accessible for everyone
  • Health Insurance facility for everyone
  • A balanced diet and nutritional food for everyone
  • Practicing Yoga, Meditation, and other self-Healing methods
  • Birth control, and incentives for parents with less than two children
  • Special care centers for children and elderly people

 

Pillar 4

Pillar 4- Handicrafts

Handicrafts

As the civilization of this country is at least 10000 years old, there are many traditional handicrafts and skilled manpower available in this country. Most of the craftsmen are moving away from these age-old creative works due to their replacement by cheaper options available through commercial and mechanized production. The revival of such handicrafts, small-scale industries, and artisanal practices, with the goal of establishing a worldwide market with its inclusion in rural tourism, is essential for the country’s rebirth. 

  • Reviving the handicraft cottage industry
  • Understanding and documenting the essence of craftsmanship methods
  • Developing interest among the newer generation
  • Linking handicraft with Rural Tourism
  • Incentivize chief artisans and create training schools
  • Provide volunteering support to cut production costs
  • Increase exponentially demand such products

Pillar 5

Pillar 5- Biodiversity

Biodiversity

The planet is for all kinds of species. We have been getting them out of our way,  destroying their habitat, and killing them for the sake of urban expansion and industrialization by exploiting natural resources excessively. The sustainability of human life is possible only if nature exists. We have to protect nature and biodiversity, finding a way to peacefully coexist. Restoration and replenishment of biodiversity is our prime focus.

  • Restoring biodiversity
  • Creating harmony among human and nature
  • Planting one tree per person each year
  • Developing a biodiversity zone in each village
  • Creating equal respect for all other species on this planet
  • Planting of minimum 10 trees against cutting of one tree
  • Planting bamboos to construct houses and utilities

Pillar 6

Pillar 6- Zero Emission Technologies

Zero Emission Technologies

Responsible technologies are the need of the hour. Special emphasis will be given to researching and developing such technologies as well as creating new opportunities for such newly developed technologies to thrive. These are the priorities to effectively address and counteract climate change and pollution, to lead the way towards sustainable development, and symbiosis with nature, since a mutual and respectful relationship with the environment is key in rural sustainable communities.

  • Developing and promoting technologies with zero carbon footprints
  • Using natural energy for mechanical and electrical activities
  • The energy produced in daily activities will be stored and used efficiently
  • Energy-efficient technologies to be given the importance
  • Energy-saving should be incentivized
  • Emission-free industries should be encouraged
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Pillar 7

Pillar 7- Recycling of Waste Materials

Recycling of Waste Materials

Though zero waste is the policy that is practiced in the eco-cultural model villages, there is waste that gets produced through various activities including e-waste. Every village must find a way to address waste management systematically, so as to avoid non-ecological and polluting practices. It is our objective to develop proper recycling methods, and a special research division will be constituted to receive feedback from villages and to provide advice on how to effectively manage waste.

  • Recycling of household and industrial waste for optimal use
  • Proper recycling centers for every regional zone
  • Every regional zone must have refurbished product development centers
  • Recycling of waste material to follow the best practices.
  • Proper solid and water waste management in each village
  • Research team to monitor waste management systems
  • Water conservation and clean drinking water

Pillar 8

Pillar 8- Water conservation & clean drinking water

Water conservation & clean drinking water

Every drop of fresh water that we receive needs to be preserved and used for agricultural activities and drinking purposes. Creating a proper landscape survey and making ponds to harvest rainwater is on the top priority list, followed by small rainwater harvesting tanks with a natural filtration system. Ensuring the reliability and safety of clean water supplies is essential to the stability of the sustainable community. Moreover, canal projects and other irrigation and drinking water projects will be given special attention, given the central role of water in both agriculture and sustainment.

  • Clean drinking water for everyone
  • Conservation of every drop of freshwater
  • Percolation ponds at every village next to the biodiversity zone
  • Channeling all rainwater to the percolation pond
  • Recycling of all greywater and its application for irrigation
  • Canal project for agriculture activities
  • Natural filtration units using sedimentation method

Pillar 9

Pillar 9 -Alternate Education System & Employability

Alternate Education System & Employability

Most of the present education system has been focused on creating the much-needed workforce for the industry and other commercial establishments. An alternate education system is aimed to create human beings with values and respect for nature. Nature-based learning programs where observations are given super importance are highly encouraged along with strong communication skills to interact, future technology and its foundation program, traditional knowledge, and wisdom are the new streams of this educational practice. Simultaneously employability is also given foremost importance and the ecosystem is set to absorb these students and offer them higher educational opportunities in specialized areas as they work.

  • Nature-based learning program at an early age
  • Interdependency of all species for a harmonious ecosystem
  • Identification of individual interests, to guide students towards their path
  • Equipping students with communication skills and connection to the updated knowledge bank.
  • Accountability for consequences of student’s actions
  • Enable organizations to employ students from the new education system
  • Create opportunities for students with a research background
  • Create opportunities for self-venture.

Pillar 10

PIllar 10 - Responsible consumption

Responsible consumption

Nature has a pace at which evolution takes place until it is accelerated by human intervention. It is essential to understand nature’s pace of production, and set out consumption accordingly, to reduce the pressure on the planet.  A study on nature’s replenishment pace must be conducted before the implementation of any projects in rural areas, where natural resources are utilized for production purposes.

  • Understand the natural pace of production to define consumption.
  • The optimum level of consumption to avoid misuse of resources
  • Research to understand replenishment capacity
  • Planning to match consumption and replenishment pace
  • Optimal use of resources to avoid waste
  • Decommodification of essential items for survival
  • Avoid consumerism and produce long-lasting items

Pillar 11

Pillar 11- Civil rights and responsibilities

Civil rights and responsibilities

Every citizen is an individual entity with their own rights and responsibilities entrusted by the constitution. They must be aware of their fundamental rights and their responsibilities towards society and nature. Every opportunity to educate people in rural areas about their rights and responsibilities, and how to protect themselves from infringement of such rights, is of utmost importance for us to create self-awareness and self-respect.

  • Full awareness of rights and duties
  • Legal system accessible for everyone
  • Social justice for everyone
  • No discrimination
  • No reservation
  • Equal opportunity for all
  • Humanity to replace divisions of cast and religion

Pillar 12

Pillar 12 -Rural infrastructure

Rural infrastructure

All rural development programs must maintain the aesthetics of the rural areas yet providing the essentials for equal opportunities. These include, but are not limited to: eco-houses, non-polluting vehicles, slow life, village libraries, education and tutoring, youth clubs and associations, community markets and common facility centers, as well as irrigation, stockyards, connectivity to cities, transport, proper hygiene and sanitation, responsible agriculture practices and fair trade systems. 

  • Medical facility
  • Proper connectivity (rail, road, air)
  • Preliminary and higher educational facilities
  • Eco housing projects to shelter individuals
  • The basic standard of living for everyone
  • Drinking water facility
  • Hygiene and sanitation
  • Recreational facilities

Pillar 13

Pillar 13-Micro Small scale Industries

Micro / Small scale Industries

Systematic development of rural areas, with a vision to provide employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, is essential for self-reliance ambitions and sustainability purposes. Furthermore, the development that will derive as a consequence of this process can also contribute to reducing migration of workers and families to urban areas in search of employment, as well as better livelihood and salary opportunities. The viability of such projects will increase, as the cost of operations and production are reduced due to factors such as low rent/lease amount, low energy cost, wage being lower, and production-based.

  • Choice of an industry that respects each village uniqueness
  • Priority to local inhabitants to set up such industries
  • Employ people from the same village
  • Reduce the migration of people to urban areas
  • Employ also all family members to increase household income.
  • Food processing as a primary target for every village
  • 5% of funds for research on eco-friendly technologies

Pillar 14

Pillar 14 - Funding & Monitoring

Funding & Monitoring

For the successful implementation of any of the above-mentioned projects, the availability of funding is extremely important. It is essential that such funds come with more responsibility and care for the environment, rather than just the ultimate desire to generate a profit on interest: equity and participation-based funding will imply a more effective and beneficial alignment of incentives. Also, monitoring will play an important role in the fundraising process, ensuring greater levels of accountability and responsibility for both parties involved. It is therefore important also to consider the aim through which funding is provided, as it is part of the social transformation process we are fostering.

  • Loan free life
  • Investors based funding with proportionate sharing of gains and losses
  • Funding agencies are also responsible for the projects’ success.
  • Minimalist living to avoid inappropriate expenses by managers.
  • Implement a revenue-based expenditure model.
  • The funding agency will conduct an impact assessment.
  • The development index of the village to be published annually

Pillar 15

Pillar 15- Warehouse and Logistic

Warehouse and Logistic

In order to achieve capillary distribution of items and resources through the rural net of communities and villages, crucial for increasing living standards, stocking items and transporting them to a central distribution point is essential. Improved logistics and warehouse management will start to put the economic wheels into the rotation and will ignite the lively and dynamic trading aspects of the rural economy, acting as the center of the interactions of workers and helping foster development even further.

  • Warehouses are to be made in each village to safely stock goods.
  • High-quality packaging and distribution through a reliable transport system.
  • A cost-effective system to reduce packaging and logistic costs.
  • Research to improve the distribution system
  • A tech monitoring system to identify demand and enhance production
  • An efficient but affordable transportation network for a good supply.

Pillar 16

Pillar 16- E-Commerce

E-Commerce

The success of all commercial activities is attributed to its capability to convert the goods and services to a common medium of exchange. Cost-effective sales and marketing are key to achieve this common goal and it is possible through E-commerce and E-auction. There is a wide range of goods and services produced through various projects and it needs to be brought to the notice of people, creating demand for the products, services, and sales to be achieved. If we cannot sell the products that we produce then it is a waste of resources. 

  • Technology to be given priority to connect all activities
  • Develop an e-commerce trading platform for the efficient sale of goods
  • Collaboration with trade distributors to reach global customers
  • Develop monitoring systems for production and distribution
  • Brand evaluation and product’s standardization
  • Quality enhancement and customer feedback
  • Branding and marketing
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TGG Foundation Charitable Trust, Wayanad Country Homes, Onneyar, Vaduvanchal-P.O, Wayanad, Kerala-673581, India