Community watershed-based approach for increased agricultural productivity

A comprehensive watershed approach for sustainable ground water resources and farm incomes in Kerala BACKGROUND Poor crop production and productivity have led to poor incomes in Kasaragod district of Kerala. This can be partially attributed to poor soil health and partly due to scarcity of water and degradation of natural resources which has compounded the… Continue reading Community watershed-based approach for increased agricultural productivity

Reducing non-revenue water (NRW) in Rajkot

Using water meters, leakage-detection instruments and state-of-the-art technology to reduce water losses BACKGROUND Global phenomenon like population growth, climate variability, and ever- expanding industrialisation has strong implications on water availability and resulted in chronic water shortage problem. This has severely impacted Indian region as well. Apart from this, leakages and theft of water, either through… Continue reading Reducing non-revenue water (NRW) in Rajkot

Jal Sabhas of Thar defy climate change

A success story of community-led water management system in Gujarat and Rajasthan BACKGROUND The Marwar region of the Thar Desert in Western India has the lowest water endowment in Rajasthan. Rainfall is sparse with an annual average of 200 mm; groundwater is saline and unsuitable for drinking as well as agriculture. With the changing climate,… Continue reading Jal Sabhas of Thar defy climate change

Bore-well pooling by farmers to address water security

Equitable sharing of groundwater for sustainable agriculture in AP and Telangana BACKGROUND In erstwhile Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana and Andhra Pradesh), arid to semi-arid weather, deep hard rock aquifers, power and monetary subsidies to farmers and absence of any formal legislation/ social regulation to govern water extraction have resulted in competitive bore-well digging. Such rampant… Continue reading Bore-well pooling by farmers to address water security

Women step out for resolving water crisis in village

An initiative by Mewati women to overcome drinking water crisis in Haryana BACKGROUND Mundaka village, in Mewat district of Haryana, is a small village with 109 households. It is an isolated and underdeveloped hamlet located at the far end of the state. The village community faced acute water shortage adding to the burden of the… Continue reading Women step out for resolving water crisis in village

People’s barrage transforms village economy

An exemplary case of self – mobilized community building Chikkapadasalgi barrage in Karnataka BACKGROUND Vijayapur district of Karnataka is blessed with five rivers: Krishna, Malaprabha, Ghataprabha, Bhima, and Doni. However, the district remained drought-prone and hence, economically backward. Agricultural and livestock development has not been able to reach its full potential. A ‘people’s dam’ was… Continue reading People’s barrage transforms village economy

Collective farming for enhancing farmers’ income

Promoting precision farming techniques among marginalised farmer groups in Tamil Nadu BACKGROUND Periyakalakkadi is a village in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, situated very close to the Chennai highways and the East Coast Road (ECR). Land in Periyakalakkadi was allotted to rural landless and poor labourers during the Bhoomidhan (Bhoodan) movement through an NGO, ASSEFA… Continue reading Collective farming for enhancing farmers’ income