22 November 2011, Miryalaguda, India - Farmers and beneficiaries of the Groundwater Systems Project and the Participatory Hydrological Monitoring (PHM) measuring rainfall levels in one of 190 rain gauge stations. 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.