22 November 2011, Miryalaguda, India - A farmer and beneficiary of the Groundwater Systems Project and the Participatory Hydrological Monitoring (PHM) showing a handful of harvested cotton. The PHM portion of the project has been a strategy adopted to transform individual groundwater users to water resource literates. Based on the knowledge, the farmers have started appreciating the causes leading to groundwater level changes, rainfall-recharge relationship, pumping capacity of bore wells and water requirements for different types of crops. Cotton is grown during a season of low rainfall as it requires much less water than, for example, rice.
FAO Project: GCP/IND/181/GFF - Reversing Environmental Degradation and Rural Poverty through Adaptation to Climate Change in Drought Stricken Areas in South India: A Hydrological Unit Pilot Project Approach - MSP. The Goal of the project: Enabling the resource poor farming communities to practice sustainable land and water management for optimizing livelihoods and improving food and income security in the Deccan plateau region of southern India; The specific objective: Capacity building of farmers groups, farmers networks, farmers federation, participating NGOs and other development actors in Sustainable land and eco-system management for improved livelihoods.