24 November 2011, Rudravaram, India - A female Crop Water Budgeting (CWB) trainer leading a CWB meeting with local farmers. Gender mainstreaming is an integral part of the Farmer Managed Groundwater Systems Project, training men as well as women to lead the farming community. As part of a CWB meeting, a community of farmers collectively make their crop plans depending on water availability with an emphasis on improving water use efficiency (less water for more productivity).
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.