Efforts that brought Happiness: Stories of change from the people

Khanwalkar, S and Wani, S P (2013) Efforts that brought Happiness: Stories of change from the people. Monograph. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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This publication is part of documentation of best bets of the Tata-ICRISAT project supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) and Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) and implemented in three states of India: Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand. The help of the head of the partner organizations and their field team while writing these case studies is gratefully acknowledged. From Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal Yuwa Paryavaran Shikshan & Samajik Sansthan (BYPASS), Bhopal; Centre for Advanced Research and Development (CARD), Bhopal; BAIF Foundation, Bhopal; Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), Mandla; Grameen Vikas Trust (GVT), Jhabua. From Rajasthan: DEEP Development Research Foundation, Tonk; BAIF Foundation, Bundi. From Jharkhand: Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), Gumla; Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Jamshedpur We also acknowledge the help of ICRISAT team members specially M/s Prasad Kamdi, Satish Gahukar and Drs Girish Chander, KL Sahrawat and DK Pal for their efforts in conducting trials. We gratefully acknowledge the farmers for their time and efforts to make the success in fields. We gratefully acknowledge Mr KNV Satyanarayana and Ms N Srilakshmi for administrative and secretarial assistance and Ms Sheila Vijayakumar for editorial assistance and staff of Communication Office for production of this report


International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is implementing a project supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) for the last ten years in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and a project supported by Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) in four districts of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand for improving livelihoods of small and marginal farmers through sustainable management of natural resources. ICRISAT has adopted consortium approach in partnership with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and Government line departments in the respective states. The project interventions have piloted science-led farmer-centric integrated watershed management for enhancing natural resource use efficiency for crop production. Based on the various interventions for improved management of land, water and crops, the consortium team identified the success stories from different districts covering various activities such as balanced nutrient management, farmer participatory selection of improved varieties, enhancing water-use efficiency, using improved landform treatments, minimizing rainy season fallows, income-generating activities like goat rearing, vermicomposting and improved livestock breed rearing including vegetable farming which can be shared with other areas for benefiting the farmers. This compendium of success stories is based on the detailed interviews with the farmers, collecting required information through targeted visits and interacting with the community in the districts, their capacity enhancement and the continuity of the technology. The analysis is based on factual data from the users and other views. The success stories clearly revealed that crop productivity significantly improved with improved management and also resulted in increased family incomes through use of intensification of the systems with balanced nutrient management, water management, improved seeds of high-yielding short-duration cultivars and crop diversification; microenterprises benefiting women, self-help groups and individuals also enhanced the family incomes and empowered women in the project areas. This compendium comprises many success stories from districts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand.

Item Type: Monograph (Monograph)
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 08:38
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2013 04:19
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/6842
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