From 58 percent in 2004, groundwater extraction rises to 63 percent in 2017: CAG
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Groundwater extraction increased from 58 percent in 2004 to 63 percent in 2017: CAG

Country's groundwater scenario is in a grim state (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Potential of rainwater management in Bundelkhand
Building resilient agricultural system through groundwater management interventions in degraded landscapes of Bundelkhand region Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months ago

Bundelkhand, a geographical and cultural region in north-central India covering parts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh is one of the hotspots of poverty and malnutrition.

Charkhari talab in Bundelkhand (Image: IWP Flickr)
The smallholder's dilemma
The economic unviability of smallholder agriculture and the consequent agrarian distress Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months ago

Roughly 85 percent of the farm households in India are small or marginal farmers, that is, they have less than 2 hectares of land, with 70 percent having less than 1 hectare of land. The average landholding is only 0.5 hectares per household (NSO, 2021).

Smallholder farmers are pivotal to transforming the food systems (Image: Mahila Jagat Lihaaz Samiti)
Villagers’ shramdaan revives canal, enhances area under cultivation
Benefits of well-managed commons on livelihoods Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 4 weeks ago

The village of Urdali is a predominantly rain-fed area, belonging to the Deelwara Gram Panchayat, in Bichhiya Block, Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh.

Collective efforts revived the canal structure of Bichhiya dam bringing water to the village (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
Revival of Dohas in tribal Madhya Pradesh
Nala widening and deepening to increase water storage and recharge capacity of the stream Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 1 week ago

The most important precondition to make farming profitable for small and marginal tribal farmers residing in undulating terrains

Dohas constructed in a stream in Dindori district. (Image: Action for Social Advancement)
Managing water commons through fishing cooperatives
The experience of the Foundation for Ecological Security in tribal Mandla, Madhya Pradesh Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

The total area under tanks and ponds in India is over 2.9 million hectares (Ministry of Jal Shakti, 2017).

Fish harvesting by Changariya fishing cooperative, Mandla, Madhya Pradesh (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
Reviving traditional water harvesting structures
A CSO-led holistic tank rehabilitation initiative launched in 2017 to restore the Chandela and Bundela tanks to their ancient glory Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

150 years ago, no government system anywhere in the world was responsible for water supply.

Kishanpura tank, Tikamgarh district, Madhya Pradesh (Image: Strategy document BIWAL)
Barriers to organic farming: Experience of Kansari Organics
Government needs to switch subsidies and investments from chemical agriculture to the promotion of sustainable agriculture Amita Bhaduri posted 5 months ago

Agriculture in India directly or indirectly provides livelihoods to 60% of the population and so the problems of this sector are most relevant for the country’s overall development and have to be effectively addressed.

 A farmer harvests the season's cauliflower crop near Kullu town, Himachal Pradesh (Image: Neil Palmer, CIAT; Wikimedia Commons)
How kitchen gardens pick up pace in a rural MP village
Championing community mobilisation for the conservation of water resources Amita Bhaduri posted 5 months ago

In June 2021, UNDP felicitated 41 Women Water Champions for their rema

Sagni Bai works on promoting kitchen gardens and water conservation which are doing wonders in this remote MP village (Image: FES)
Thirsty for change
Empowering women to be decision-makers in managing water Amita Bhaduri posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

In June 2021, UNDP felicitated 41 Women Water Champions for their remarkable contributions to water conservation efforts in the country.

Laichi Bai Uike takes lead to construct boribund on streams to harvest water (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
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