Promoting Household Lighting in a Remote Tribal Village, Udaipur district, Rajasthan

Geographically located within the tropical and sub tropical latitudes, India has an abundant potential to develop solar energy, a source renewable in nature. Supporting the southern part of the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan with an improved access to electricity, AFPRO Udaipur has provided support for the implementation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting System in Somawat, a tribal village in Kherwara tehsil of Udaipur district, Rajasthan. The project is being implemented by Rajpurohit Seva Sansthan, Udaipur. This action research project included the installation of household LED lamps with solar panels and charger-cum-control units. The primary benefit of the LED Lamp … Continue reading

Application of Groundwater Prospecting Maps

The Groundwater Prospecting Maps (GWP) were developed under the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Project by the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) in Hyderabad with the support from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS) and the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) and have been used in the preparation of Drinking Water Security Plans. Groundwater Prospecting maps provide users with information on the spatial extent of different hydro-geological formations, their specific yields and the depth of groundwater levels. This information has been used in estimating the total availability of water in the Gram Panchayat, potential sites for development of groundwater … Continue reading

Water Safety Planning (WSP):

Water Safety Planning (WSP) is an integral component of Water Security Planning recommended under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme. It represents an approach to managing issues of water quality throughout the water supply chain – addressing sources of contamination from the source to the user. Water Safety Planning at the village level is a reliable approach where active participation of the local community is sought especially in those areas where sources of contamination are anthropogenic in nature. It is also an appropriate approach as due recognition is given to building of functional capacities of institutions of local relevance (Water … Continue reading

Variation of groundwater quality during discharge condition in Salur Mandal, Vizainagaram district, Andhra Pradesh, India

Access to clean drinking water and sanitation is a fundamental requirement of all human beings, with a direct impact on human health. By interpreting Article 21 of the Indian Constitution – popularly known as the Right to Life -  to include the right to safe drinking water; efforts to draw the attention of policy makers to the need to formulate national policies and guidelines to safeguard this right has been in progress for over four decades. Once, health hazards associated with consumption of contaminated water were attributed primarily to the presence of bacteria; however, now these hazards have diversified with … Continue reading

Raising kitchen gardens helps improve nutritional requirements of family

R Neelamma and her family of 4, reside in Dasappapalem Village of Ananthapur District in Andhra Pradesh. She owns 2 acres of land, in which she cultivates Groundnut. During the off-season she and her husband earn a livelihood from MGNREGA activities in their village, instead of migrating to neighboring areas for work. Because of erratic and insufficient household income, their nutritional requirements were barely met prior to 2008. But now having been trained in homestead cultivation, soil bed preparation, fence raising, sowing and spacing of seeds, and methods of watering, she was able to start a homestead garden in a … Continue reading

Hilly & Tribal

Bringing potable water closer to homes Kangthokhao village, in Thoubal district of Manipur has 500 households, a huge number till 20 years ago. They used to depend on a single stream passing through the village for their drinking water requirements. This stream also supplied water to villages upstream, affecting the flow to Kangthokchao. Also, the stream would get polluted from the waste generated upstream leaving villagers with no other option but to use water from the ponds for drinking. The condition of drinking water in the summer was represented by dry streams and ponds. Based on community mobilization exercises, the … Continue reading

The Innovation of a “Revolving Fund”

Borkhad is located in Marathwada, Beed district. Few poor landless families had encroached on 54 ha of village grazing land, which was regularized by the government between 1993 and 1995. Classified as wastelands, these lands were undulated and degraded, and hence used for the grazing purpose by poor families of the village. With 54.14 ha of ‘gairan land’ in Borkhad village was regularized in the names of 48 landless persons. However, they could not benefit economically as the conditions of the land was very poor. Therefore they used to migrate to earn a livelihood in the lean season. An innovative … Continue reading

Creating Wealth from Waste: A success story where Biogas was generated from Dairy waste

Solanki Vajangbhai Maldebhai runs a small milk processing plant in Junagadh district of Gujarat buying and processing about 200 liters of milk daily. The processing of milk leaves a foul smelling liquid, difficult to dispose. At a time when a local NGO trained under the AFPRO-CHF (Canadian Hunger Foundation) Network Programme was trying to motivate people in this village to install biogas plants, an innovative farmer who had adequate cattle, decided to install and run a biogas plant on dairy waste. The biogas plant constructed is operating completely on dairy waste and takes care of the cooking fuel needs of … Continue reading

Rice – Fish – Horticulture generating additional income:

Mr. Sashi is a small farmer who would put his land only to the cultivation of rice. Cultivation of a single crop and the income it generated failed to meet the basic requirements of his family. IFS were introduced to him post which he put his land to the cultivation of improved rice and vegetable cultivation. Fishery was also integrated as part of his practice. Ever since the adoption of rice – fish – vegetable IFS module, he has started earning Rs 50,000 – Rs 60,000 per annum. With savings, he was able to purchase improved seeds and fingerling during … Continue reading

Restoring Groundwater potentials through Roof top Rainwater harvesting in a Government school.

Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting, Kallinakkanahalli village Monsanto India Mega Breeding Station is located in Kallinakkanahalli village, Thondebhavi Hobli, Gowribidanur Taluk, Chickkaballapur district. The villages around the station face severe water scarcity. Despite six borewells drilled, only three were successfully yielding water. Since, we had recommended the drilling of another borewell to meet drinking water requirements of the village, it was necessary to introduce groundwater recharge measures to ensure that groundwater  levels do not gradually begin to decline. This concern increases since the erratic nature of rainfall can affect the amount of water available for recharge.AFPRO supported Monsanto in its efforts to … Continue reading