Enhancing caring capicity of natural resources

Climate change has become one of the biggest environmental threats across India. The threat is severe in rainfed areas of Semi-arid region of Rajasthan and Bundelkhand where poor farmers are severely suffering due to climate change and water scarcity.

Recurring droughts coupled with reduction number of rainy days, erratic monsoon rainfall and skewed distribution affecting the surface and ground water resource availability for agriculture and potable purpose. Lack of access over resources, knowledge and support system increasing farmers vulnerabilities.

Farming system is key source of livelihood but due to dynamic climate change marginal farmers are facing challenge of food security and poverty. Rajasthan state accounts for 10 percent of India's total land area, 5% population but has only 1 percent of the country's water resources.

Per capita availability of water which, in Rajasthan (807m3), is less than half of the national average (2,000 m3), and which is expected to decline further to 457 m3 by 2045. There has been a decline in ground water by 62.70% in the state with only 37.20% rise.


The agriculture sector, the biggest consumer of freshwater, is under constant pressure to use water resources much more efficiently by improving the performance of both irrigated and rain-fed production. India is entering a serious situation where without any possibility for increasing resources like water or land or energy for increased crop production it would be difficult to achieve food security.

Irrigation is considered the most critical input for enhancing agricultural production to meet the food and fibre requirement of increasing population. About 70 % irrigation is done through wells/ tube-wells energized mainly with electricity/ diesel-generators.

Strategic Approach

“Manjari has been implementing INRM approach in our geography with an aim to empower farmers by ensuring them a state where they can become self-reliant for the whole year.”

We are investing in creating water bodies where farmers can collect and harvest the rain water. We trained community institutions named Pani Panchyat at village level. These institutions manage and participate in all planning, implementation, monitoring and supervision of the watershed program.

“Per Drop More Crop” Water is a critical input into agriculture in nearly all its aspects. How much, at what time and how plants are watered has determining effect on the eventual yield. Good seeds and fertilizer fail to achieve their full potential if plants are not optimally watered.

The Key Components:

Our INRM approach is very participatory and leaded by Pani Panchayat a community institutions. The whole planning, implementation, monitoring and participatory evaluation done by community

Water Smart

Water Harvesting Structures for augmentation water resource and water budgeting for efficient water Productivity

Energy Smart

Solar pump as a means to save energy and emission of greenhouse gases

Crop Smart

Integrated livelihood promotion with crop diversification to mitigate climate variability in agriculture and improved animal husbandry, small ruminant practices

Knowledge Smart

Amalgamating local knowledge with technical and scientific innovation in weather, digital, crop, water productivity, livestock etc.

Smart Institution

Vibrant community institutions Pani Panchayat and FPOs

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