Duration: 01/Jan/2012 - 31/Dec/2015
Project contact: Wani, SP
Donor: Coca-Cola Foundation-USA
CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Systems
This project is aimed at enhancing water availability in target villages through rainwater harvesting, recharging of wells and reuse of waste water to demonstrate that science-based interventions can increase water availability and improve groundwater quality. It also proposes to demonstrate that science-based interventions can increase water availability; and, can enhance water use efficiency through various good agricultural practices (GAP) for sustainable management of water and land resources and increasing overall agricultural productivity. It also intends to establish a pilot project demonstrating impact within five years of its inception and transform them as model villages with more interventions in different phases. Target area for the proposed study is Kolar district in Karnataka which is a hotspot of water scarcity and sharp decline in groundwater and increased poverty. For most part of the year, Kolar district experiences acute scarcity of water in agricultural, industrial and domestic sectors. Farmers grow rain-fed and vegetable crops with very deep tube wells.