Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS), Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Contact: Dr. Prakash Tyagi
Dates: October 2021 – September 2024
Total Budget: Rs. 13,33,080
2023 Budget: Rs. 4,62,760
This project, which has now completed its second year, aims to foster community development, water and food security, and gender equality in three villages in an arid region of western Rajasthan. In the past year GRAVIS has constructed five more taankas (underground water storage tanks) and installed a biosand filter with each of them, providing households with plentiful and safe water, and they have conducted two training sessions on climate-resilient farming methods. In May, 30 farmers were brought to a meeting organized by the Agriculture University of Jodhpur, at which scientists delivered lectures on best agricultural practices and the farmers were given high-quality seeds for planting. GRAVIS has also been working intensively with the Village Development Committees and Self-Help Groups to promote good management of natural resources, organic farming methods, development of kitchen gardens, accessing government aid, and building community solidarity and self-reliance.