Rural Prosperity through Integrated Watershed Management:A Case Study of Gokulpura-Goverdhanpura in Eastern Rajasthan. Global Theme on Agroecosystems Report no.36

Pathak, P and Wani, S P and Sudi, R and Chourasia, A K and Singh, S N and Rao, A V R K (2007) Rural Prosperity through Integrated Watershed Management:A Case Study of Gokulpura-Goverdhanpura in Eastern Rajasthan. Global Theme on Agroecosystems Report no.36. Monograph. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics , Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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This publication is a part of research project “Combating Land Degradation and Increasing Productivity in Madhya Pradesh and Eastern Rajasthan” supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. We acknowledge the BAIF Development Research Foundation, Bundi, Rajasthan, for their support to the project. We are thankful to Mr TP Mathur and Mr JK Gedam for facilitating the work covered in this report. Special thanks are due to Dr PK Mishra, Head, Central Soil & Water Conservation Research & Training Institute, Bellary, Karnataka, India, and Ms Marcella D’Souza, Executive Director, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India. We are indebted to Ms Shalini N for editing the manuscript; and M/s I Nageswara Rao and KNV Satyanarayana for incorporating the editorial corrections and page-setting the manuscript. Financial support provided by Sir Dorbji Tata Trust is gratefully acknowledged.

Abstract

The agriculture in eastern Rajasthan is characterized by high risks from drought, degraded natural resources and pervasive poverty. At Gokulpura-Goverdhanpura village in Bundi Rajasthan,ICRISAT along with partners implemented integrated watershed project using holistic systems approach with integrated genetic and natural resource management (IGNRM) strategy. This report discusses the multi-faceted impact of this watershed program. It has been found that the science-led participatory watershed program at Gokulpura- Goverdhanpura had made positive impacts on natural resources, rural livelihoods and environment. The major impact of watershed interventions was seen in improving the surface and groundwater availability. Increased water availability resulted in increased cropping intensity and diversification to more remunerative land use systems involving livestock, horticultural and vegetable production. Overall, the watershed program has reduced land degradation, enhanced agricultural productivity and incomes, decreased poverty of rural poor, reduced labor migration and improved environment quality.

Item Type: Monograph (Monograph)
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Subjects: Others > Watershed Management
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 10:57
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 09:17
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/1963
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