Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS), Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Contact: Dr. Prakash Tyagi
Dates: September 2017 – August 2020
Total Budget: Rs.17,95,00
2020 Budget: Rs.2,94,500
This project has brought numerous improvements to three villages in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. GRAVIS has organized and trained a Village Development Committee and several women’s Self-Help Groups in each village to promote community empowerment. They have established 10 agri-horticulture units where vegetables and fruits are grown on the same land as well as numerous kitchen gardens in people’s yards, while providing training in nutrition and health issues. Ten Khadins (small earthen dikes) were constructed around fields and 6 large ponds renovated; these improvements in water management have resulted in substantially increased productivity. Other steps to improve local agriculture include development of seed banks to assure a supply of crop varieties that are well adapted to local conditions, construction of fences to keep animals out of fields, introduction of village-level breeding centers, and construction of compost pits. Finally, GRAVIS has provided training on ways of improving the water supply for domestic use, including construction of Bio-Sand Filters (BSF) and underground recharging pits for wastewater and overflow.