The emerging water shortage has an adverse impact on food production, resources management systems, health status and livelihoods of people in the country. The nexus between water, agriculture, and livelihood is becoming even more complex, given the fast emerging and fast-changing interlinkages and interdependencies between them. To address the issue of long-term sustainability of the nexus, we require a multipronged approach and a joint effort.
There is need to learn from individual success stories and design a more effective, inclusive and comprehensive action plan. However, documenting the successful models and extending them to larger user groups remains a huge challenge given the absence of effective extension networks and information gap at the grassroots level. To address this need for sharing and learning, Centers for International Projects Trust (CIPT) has developed a compendium for water, agriculture and livelihood sustainability in India.
Evidence-based case studies or ‘stories’ were invited from around 350 organizations including non-profit agencies, academic institutions, humanitarian societies and corporate organizations in the four categories, presently defined as four sections of this compendium. These four categories were: innovative technologies, community-based practices, supply and demand side management models and water harvesting structures to improve water access.
We believe that the compendium will facilitate many other organizations in the research and development sector to scale up such interventions to achieve water, agriculture and livelihood sustainability. This exercise will also facilitate a higher level of interaction between various stakeholders in different regions of India. In order to reach out to the wider community, we will be publishing a select few stories from the compendium in the coming posts.
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