Minimizing land degradation and sustaining productivity by integrated watershed management: adarsha watershed, kothapally, india

Wani, S P and Sreedevi, T K and Pathak, P and Rego, T J and Rao, G V R and Jangawad, L S and Pardhasaradhi, G and Iyer, S R (2003) Minimizing land degradation and sustaining productivity by integrated watershed management: adarsha watershed, kothapally, india. In: Integrated Watershed Management for Land and Water Conservation and Sustainable Agricultural Production in Asia. Proceedings of the ADB-ICRISAT-IWMI Project Review and Planning Meeting, 10-14 December 2001, Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Abstract

Land degradation is a major threat for sustainable crop production in large areas of the semi-arid tropics (SAT). The Asian Development Bank gave financial assistance to evaluate the on-station watershed work of ICRISAT in on-farm situations. Adarsha watershed at Kothapally in Andhra Pradesh (AP), India is one of the benchmark sites where the evaluation was carried out. Instead of traditional structure driven approach, a new idea of integrated watershed approach was followed wherein various components of improved crop production were evaluated on a few selected individual farmers’ fields in addition to community-based soil and water conservation activities. A new implementation arrangement called consortium approach wherein all the stakeholders, ICRISAT, DWMA, CRIDA, NGO, and farmers, planned and implemented various activities in a participatory manner was tried. This work has attracted not only the attention of AP Government but also many development agencies like DFID throughout the world. The AP Government is scaling-up this work in five districts through APRLP. It is one of the successful modules of watershed development. A grant by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust has been approved to replicate this work in Central and Northwest India. The success story of this work with details of various activities and the outputs is given in this paper.

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Subjects: Others > Watershed management
Depositing User: Mr B K Murthy
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2011 10:21
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2011 10:21
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/3842
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