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Mitigating Droughts through Community Empowerment

Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS), Jodhpur, Rajasthan

 Contact: Dr. Prakash Tyagi

Dates: April 2018 – April 2021

Total Budget: Rs.12,66,840

2020 Budget: Rs.4,20,440


In this project, GRAVIS is working on several fronts to improve life in 3 villages in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. They have organized Village Development Committees (VDCs) and women’s Self-Help Groups to promote community organization and self-reliance, and they are providing ongoing training to these groups to operate more effectively. Rainwater harvesting tanks (Taankas) and Bio-Sand Filters (BSF) have been constructed to provide clean water for household use, and seed banks are being developed to provide a reliable supply of crop varieties that are suited to the local soil and water conditions. This year GRAVIS organized a convention at Jodhpur to bring farmers together with agricultural scientists to promote improved agricultural methods, and they have organized training sessions to help farmers cope with climate change.

Progress Report Phase 1

Progress Report Phase 2

Progress Report Phase 3


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