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Baravanne Manisida Mallanna: A case of successful farming even during drought
An account of drought-proofing techniques adopted and disseminated by Dr. Mallanna Nagaraj, farmer scientist from Bagalkote, Karnataka.
Posted on 20 Feb, 2014 11:59 PM

This book talks about the practise of soil and water conservation adopted by Dr. Mallanna in Bagalkote. Bagalkote is a district in northern Karnataka, which is known for scanty rainfall. 

Soil and water conservation to face scanty rains
Gujaratina neera tijori: Taankaa
Taankaas are considered as safe deposit lockers of water in Gujarat. They have been storing every drop of water that falls down and quenching the thirst of households for decades.
Posted on 20 Feb, 2014 11:56 PM

Rainwater harvesting is not a new science in India. There are several traditional practices across the country where rainwater was stored safely and used in times of need. One such example is the 'Taankaa' system in Gujarat.

86,000 litres tanka in Ahmedabad
Matte Roopararel Battalilla: Learning from Rajasthan
Community efforts over a decade led to the revival of johads, traditional rainwater harvesting structures in Alwar, Rajasthan. This book shares the process of this remarkable achievement.
Posted on 20 Feb, 2014 11:43 PM

It is an astonishing thing to see the five rivers of Alwar in Rajasthan flowing for more than 6-8 months in a year. This is no miracle though. It is the result of a decade-long effort by Jal Jungle Andolan lead by Dr. Rajendra Singh. 

Johads for rainwater harvesting
Talaparige: The pride of Tumkur, Karnataka
Talaparige' by Mallikarjuna Hosapalya introduces readers to the concept of this source of water, which once was well known for its ability to provide water for irrigation and drinking.
Posted on 20 Feb, 2014 11:39 PM

'Talaparige' is a well known traditional source of water in Tumkur region in Karnataka. These are also seen in Kolar, Bellary and Chitradurga districts of Karnataka. So far, there has been no exhaustive documentation about this source of water.

Talaparige - Hosakere
Mannu Mattu Neeru
A compilation of local practices and farming tips from Karnataka to overcome a drought situation.
Posted on 20 Feb, 2014 11:22 PM

Mannu Mattu Neeru by Shree Padre gives examples of local knowledge and agricultural practices that have successfully helped overcome a drought situation in the state of Karnataka.

These age-old practices, which have been in use for generations now, have helped families survive in circumstances of accute drought and famine. 

Traditional knowledge of farming
Sharanu Banni Jala Kaayakake
A collection of features on soil and water conservation by Shree Padre.
Posted on 20 Feb, 2014 11:17 PM

Sharanu Banni Jala Kaayakake is a collection of features on soil and water conservation written by Shree Padre and published by the Akhila Bharata Sharana Sahitya Parishat, Mysore.

This piece of writing is based on interviews with farmers and experiences from the ground. This is one of the 8 books that was published duing the 8th Akhila Bharata Sharana Sahitya Sammelan.

Soil and water conservation
Case Studies on Groundwater Management from
Posted on 05 Sep, 2009 11:01 AM

Case Studies on Groundwater Management from

Case Studies on Rainwater Harvesting from the popular website
Posted on 04 Sep, 2009 04:22 PM

Case Studies on Rainwater Harvesting from the popular website . Most of the studies pertain to Karnataka and Kerala and are by the development and farming journalist Shree Padre.

Kokkarni, saviour of paddy: case study on the revival of traditional water bodies in Palakkad, Kerala
Benefiting paddy cultivators by restoration of Kokkarni, traditional water bodies in Palakkad, Kerala,
Posted on 21 May, 2009 11:39 AM

"Kokkarni, saviour of paddy", is a case study written by Shree Padre, in Apr 2009, on the revival / restoration of traditional water bodies called Kokkarni (dug-out farm ponds) in Palakkad, Kerala, which benefits paddy cultivators whose farms are situated in rocky hills, not ideal for catchment.

The root of the solution
Posted on 18 May, 2009 03:23 PM

"The root of the solution", is a report by Shree Padre, written in May 2006, on the use of vetiver plants for water purification and conserving water and soil, and the need to increase its adoption in India.

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