Uttarakhand Gramya Vikas Samiti (UGVS) is a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 on December, 2003 under the Rural Development Department, Government of Uttarakhand. The main objective of UGVS is to undertake various projects for implementation in Uttarakhand to provide sustainable livelihood to the rural poor households by creating livelihood opportunities to increase food security and to reduce the poverty. UGVS has skilled task force specialised in various sectors like Gender and Community Institutions, Business Development Services, Agri-Horti Specialists, Market Access, Tourism, Knowledge Management, Financial Management and Services, Management Information System (MIS), Planning/Monitoring and Evaluation and Human Resource Management.

The society so far has successfully implemented the Uttarakhand Livelihood Improvement Project for the Himalayas (ULIPH), which was a joint initiative of Government of Uttarakhand and International Funds for Agriculture Development (IFAD) from 2004 to 2013. UGVS under ULIPH has formed 3560 Self Help Groups (SHGs) comprising of 36,171 members (95% women) and 72 community owned federations. The society demonstrated various farm and non-farm activities and new technologies, tried to establish backward and forward linkages in agriculture, horticulture, livestock, and eco-tourism in the project area in 17 blocks of five hill distrcts (Almora, Bageshwar, Chamoli, Tehri and Uttarkashi) covering 959 villages.

The Society is now one of the implementing agency for the second phase of ULIPH which is named as Integrated Livelihood Support Project (ILSP). It is implementing Component 1 (Food Security and Livelihood Enhancement) of ILSP since July 2013 in 37 blocks of 9 hill districts of Uttarakhand covering around 90000 Households. Its major focus is on supporting crop and livestock production for food security, and developing high value cash crops and other products to provide cash incomes. Crop and livestock production is being developed by providing support to Producer Groups (PG) and their higher level organizations (Livelihood Collectives- LC) formed by federating number of PGs (about 60 to 80). To up-scale enterprises generating cash incomes, and to introduce new income sources, ILSP is also improving access to markets through value chain approach, provision of technical services and physical infrastructures for market access. The value chain approach involves market/sub-sector studies, introduction of new technologies, market linkage, skill development, product development & promotion and physical infrastructure for market access.

Under ILSP, UGVS is also providing improved access to employment in the non-farm sector by facilitating Vocational Training to rural youth and linking them to job placement/ self-employment. It is targeted to train 15000 youth (60% women) with 80% job placement during the project life.