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23 June 2011

Bringing Sustainability to India’s Rain-Dependent Agriculture

The Economic Times reports on the plight of farmers in India’s rain-dependent areas, for whom the availability of water makes a serious difference to agricultural output and standard of living. Through our Expanding Community Rights Over Natural Resources initiative, Ford is supporting efforts—including those by the Watershed Support Services and Activities Network—to improve the operations and livelihoods of these farmers.

Opinion piece published in The Economic Times

How to solve the problems of India's rain-dependent agricultural land

June 14, 2011 By M. Rajshekhar

It’s that time of the year when Kishore Lal Singh's eyes almost involuntarily scan the skies. The monsoons are coming. In the months ahead, for this Bhil farmer growing cotton, maize and soya south of the Malwa plateau in Madhya Pradesh, life will again hang on a knife's edge. If it rains well, his two bighas (about four basketball courts) of cotton will yield 1,000 kg. If not, he will get no more than 100 kg. Not enough to even recover costs.

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