Adarsha Watershed in Kothapally Understanding the Drivers of Higher Impact: Global Theme on Agroecosystems Report no. 10 uri icon

abstract

  • A new science-based farmer participatory consortium model for efficient management of natural resourcesand for improving the livelihood of poor rural households was evaluated in Adarsha watershed, Kothapally,Ranga Reddy District, Andhra Pradesh, India by ICRISAT and partners. The salient impacts that resulteddue to the implementation of this model were substantial reductions in runoff and soil loss, improvement ingroundwater levels, reduction in pesticide usage, improvement in land cover, increase in productivity andhigh incomes to the farmers. Compared to the pre-project situation, average household incomes from cropproduction have doubled. The drivers of this success were: (i) selection of the watershed on a demanddriven basis; (ii) higher farmer participation in the watershed program; (iii) good local leadership;(iv) integrated approach to watershed management; (v) team effort and collective action by the consortiumpartners; (vi) social vigilance and transparency in financial dealings; (vii) increased confidence of the farmers;(viii) choice of low-cost conservation structures that provide benefits to large segments of the community;(ix) constant participatory monitoring; (x) knowledge-based entry point activity; and (xi) concerted localcapacity building efforts by all the partners

publication date

  • 2004