A new paradigm in watershed management: A must for development of rainfed areas for inclusive growth uri icon

abstract

  • Two third of agriculture in India is rain-fed and is also Ihe hot spot of poverty as is the casein Asia where large proportion of 852 million poor in the world reside. Rainfed areas in developing countries and panicularly so in India are at cross roads as looming waterscarcity for achieving food security and reducing poverty tainled agriculture has come inthe central stage. Large potential of rain-fed agriculture is untapped largely due 10 lack'ofenabling policy support and investments. in drought-prone rainfed areas watershedmanagement has shown the potential of douhlillg the agricultural productivity and increasingthe rural family through increased water availability and diversifying the cropping andfarming systems resulting in diversified sources of income. impact of watershed programscan be substantially enlumced by developing new approaches and enabling policies, however,additional investments are mustfor meeting the millennium development goal New paradigm. based Oil the learnings over last thirty years for people-centric holistic watershed managementin.volving convergence; collective action consortium. approach, capacity development to address equity efficiency, environment, and economic concerns is urgently needed. Throughnew paradigm watershed management can be used as an entry point activity for improving livelihoods of rural poor ill rainfed areas to enable India to achieve inclusive and sustainable development for meeting the MDGs as well as achieving the food, water: and energy security.Concened efforts by all the stakeholders and actors will make India a global leader in thearea of inclusive and sustainable development in drought-prone challenging rainfed areasto develop a watershed management as business model through public private partnershipshamessing the benefits of value chain and linking farmers to the market

publication date

  • 2008