Area of Operations

We are working in areas of water-energy-agriculture nexus, groundwater conservation, livelihood security and environmental sustainability in India. We are also working at a scale to promote climate change adaptability and water sustainability in India along with capacity building on such issues in Bhutan and Myanmar. In Delhi and Haryana, our work includes building water stewardship programme with Global Agri-business Alliance and InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG). Additionally, we also conducted study on environmental and socio-economic impact of Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in states of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Moreover, our projects also feature developing partnerships to provide modern extension services to farmers to improve water productivity, income and climate risk management in state of Jharkhand, Gujarat and Punjab.

PUNJAB

Punjab is known as the Food Bowl of India, having semiarid climate and highly season monsoon precipitation, contributes to 27-40% rice, 55-65% wheat, and 18-25% cotton with just 1.54% of total geographical area to the central pool. Intensive Agriculture has led to severe Groundwater depletion.

More than 82 per cent of the Blocks have over-exploited their Groundwater resource. Groundwater table is falling at the rate of 70 cm per year. The State’s Power subsidy bill is increasing at an alarming rate.

INTERVENTION AREAS

Amritsar | Barnala | Jalandhar | Kapurthala | Ludhiana | Moga | Patiala | Sangrur | Tarn Taran

PARTNERS AND DONORS

  1. Punjab Agricultural University (PAU)
  2. Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Govt. of Punjab
  3. Department of Cooperation, Govt. of Punjab
  4. GBDGNS
  5. Department of Irrigation and Water Resources, Govt of Punjab
  6. USAID 
  7. Hindustan Unilever Foundation
  8. University of Cambridge

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOMES

  • Providing solutions for responsible water use and long-term viability of agriculture in Punjab
  • Improving water use efficiency in paddy cultivation through precision technologies and practices
  • Promoting soil moisture sensor for Irrigation scheduling
  • Promoting water use and management in a changing monsoon climate by research and empowerment for sustainable food supplies.
  • Developing Agriculture cooperatives as knowledge hubs
  • Around 55 billion litres of water and 500,000 units of power saved
  • More than 75,000 farmers using Interactive Decision Support System to ensure rational usage of inputs
  • Developing water voucher credit system for judicious use of water in agriculture
  • Young leaders for sustainability through Agents of Change Program- Adopted as academic curriculum by Khalsa College, Amritsar.   

GUJARAT

Gujarat located on the west coast of India has 54 per cent of its total area under agricultural production. The strength of Gujarat’s Agricultural success have been attributed to diversified crops and cropping patterns. Over-extraction of Groundwater has led to its depletion especially in areas of North Gujarat. Water table has fallen by more than 80 cm in the last 30 years. The per hectare energy use is more than three times the National Average.

INTERVENTION AREAS

Mehsana | Kheda | Anand

PARTNERS

  1. Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited (UGVCL)
  2. Krishi Vigyan Kendras (Kheda and Devataj)
  3. Sardarkrushninagar Dantewada Agricultural University,
  4. Agro-Economic Research Centre- Anand

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOMES

  • Testing of an innovative scheme to move farmers to metered power connection and reduction in energy use through incentives
  • Promotion of Decision Support System for rational use of inputs
  • Capacity building of young researchers and farmers
  • Research based field trials on precision technologies and practices
  • Promotion of climate resilient varieties of wheat having potential to save water

JHARKHAND

Jharkhand is a mineral rich state with geographical area of 7.9 million ha. The net sown area of the state is only 2.58 million ha. Though the average annual rainfall in Jharkhand is above 1,300 mm, almost 80 per cent of the rainfall is lost as Runoff. Poor distribution of rainfall causes frequent agricultural droughts. Almost 54 per cent of the rural households lack access to safe drinking water and the state falls in low category of improved water supply. Majority of farmer lack irrigation facilities, leading to mono-cropping with paddy.

INTERVENTION AREAS

Ranchi

PARTNERS

  1. Birsa Agricultural University (BAU)
  2. Drinking Water and Sanitation Department (DWSD)
  3. Central University of Jharkhand
  4. Columbia Water Centre, Columbia University
  5. State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI)

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOMES

  • Sustainable Agriculture and farmers Livelihood – SAFAL program has ensured double crop production and productivity in the tribal region of Jharkhand
  • Ensure conservation and access to water, using indigenous water harvesting technique- “Dhoba” (Pond). Built 296 Dhoba, across 40 program villages
  • Incorporation “Dhoba” in the state agriculture plan, Govt of Jharkhand for water conservation
  • Farmers’ incomes increased up to USD 1000-1200 annually through increased agricultural productions, diversification in high value crops such as vegetables and flowers seed cultivation
  • Reducing incidences of migration in rabi season due to option of 2nd crop, high value cash crops and enhanced incomes
  • Enhancement of farmer capabilities and resilience in their responsiveness to climate change
  • Testing the feasibility of low-cost sustainable technologies for drinking water in Jharkhand
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