INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL RESEARH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (ISRSD) is a grassroots rural development organization founded in 2005 and working in Jalna districts of Maharashtra state. The primary thrust of the organization during this period was to bring about rural development movement through active participation women and rural youth (Youk) in village communities in environmental action programs, Water and sanitation, soil and water conservation programs and gender justice.ISRSD networks with NABARD, Nehru Yuva Kendra Jalna, Organic Farming Association Of India, Goa, LIFE-Livelyhood Initiatives for Empowerment, Pune and CAT- Center For Advance Information Technologies support by N.S.D.C. National Skill Development Corporation Kurla, Mumbai.
ISRSD has played a significant role in the growth of the organic movement, HIV/AIDS,Skill development and Health in rural area. Most of the people in rural Marathwada rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Marathwada is a dry region with annual rainfall in the range of 400-500 mm. Irrigation facilities are minimal and does not reach the small farms. Most farms have only one cropping season during the monsoons from July to October. The incomes from the small patches of fragmented lands is therefore very less resulting in poor standards of living. The situations become disastrous if the harvests are affected due to lack of rains, pest incidents, unseasonal rains, and other natural calamities. Abandoning farming is not an option as they are limited by lack of knowledge or expertise on non-farm skills. To opt for unskilled labour in nearby towns or cities only results in increased urban poverty and neglect of farms. The solutions therefore should revolve around their existing livelihoods, available resources, and the local environment.