Improving rural livelihoods and minimizing land degradation through the community watershed approach for sustainable development of dryland areas
Duration: 01/Mar/2008 - 28/Feb/2013
Project contact: Wani, Suhas
Donor: Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT)-India
CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Systems
The project is aimed at improving the livelihoods of rural people in the target agro-ecoregion through sustainable management of natural resources by adopting the science-led, holistic, community watershed management approach. The specific objectives of this project are to: consolidate the science-led farmer-centric community watershed approach at nucleus benchmark watersheds for enhancing productivity and reducing land degradation in three districts, and to use these sites as Sites of Learning for scaling-out benefits in the three target districts; scale-out the benefits of productivity enhancement and community watershed management with technical backstopping in the target agro-ecoregion of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan; for Capacity building of lead farmers, development workers, and consortium partners in the target region; and provide technical support to development agencies in the area of Community Watersheds through establishment of a national support group for community watershed development (NSGCWD).