Watershed Management

How good water resource management took a village in India from dry and poor to wet and prosperous

Brian Luenow
Started by Brian Luenow on
15 Nov 2013 at 00:00
Know-how: Project Management, Advocacy

Today I want to share with you an inspiring story of success.  It’s a sort of rags-to-riches story.  But this story doesn’t have to do with money (specifically); it has to do with the power of water.  This story starts in 1975 in the Indian village of Raleghan Siddhi.

Raleghan Siddhi is in a drought-prone and rain-shadowed area of India, receiving between 450-650mm (17.5-25.5 inches) of water annually in a place where temperatures can reach 44 degrees (111 degrees fahrenheit).  In 1975 this was a place of poverty and hopelessness.  The abuse of their natural resources coupled with water runoff and soil degradation meant that this village of about 2,500 people, mostly farmers, was un-farmable.

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Sui Taiwan
@Brian as a part of of university study project we visited many w/s project in India. Truly inspiring. You can read this case study as well http://www.icrisat.org/journal/agroecosystem/v2i1/v2i1adarsha.pdf
Gema Alatas
inspiring story.
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