Project Profile

Improved Village scale groundwater recharge and management for agriculture and livelihood development in India

Duration : September 1, 2011 - June 30, 2015
(Extended to June 30, 2017)

The overall aim of this project is to improve the security of irrigation water supplies and enhance livelihood opportunities for rural communities. Specifically, the project will focus on assessing the effectiveness of current rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge structures and demand management strategies at village scale. the project aims to develop or adapt suitable best practice guidelines and modelling and assessmetn tools conducted in Sabarkantha district in Gujarat and Udaipur district in Rajasthan. Both districts are hard rock aquifer areas and provide a diversity of transdisciplinary research issues in groundwater recharge and management. In this project, systemic analysis of the grounwater situation and livelihood opportunities will be carried out through an approach involving, agricultural, environmental, social and economic considerations. The focus of the research is at Village scale (micro catchment) to analyse and understand the current situation and ground truth methods, as well as to provide measures and tests to upscale strategies and benefits to watershed, regional and state levels. The project will have significant community impacts through identifying where and under what conditions managed aquifer recharge (MAR) willl actually improve water availability and livelihood opportunities within a given area while not reducing availability of water for other users.

Location(s): India
Project Contact: Shah, T.
Donor(s): Australian Centre for Int'l Agricultural Research

Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI