It is estimated that there are nearly 300 million people live in extreme poverty in India (UNDP). Poverty is caused due to a number of factors and most poor people live in rural areas. Of India’s growing population of over 1 billion people, over 70% live in rural areas and depend on agriculture as their main source of livelihood.

Agricultural subsistence relies heavily on water supplies so most farmers are dependent on rainfall. If they are unable to consistently secure survival on their land alone, they can be vulnerable to exploitation, little income and an unstable future for their family.

CHHATTISGARH

CHHATTISGARH

In Chhattisgarh where over 90% of the population is dependent on agriculture, only 15% of farmers are using irrigation techniques, instead relying on unpredictable monsoon rains.

With our partner Action for Social Advancement (ASA) we give farmers the knowledge and equipment to safely construct wells and implement Lift Irrigation Systems (LIS). Our interventions of dug wells and lift irrigation systems are making significant economic and social improvements to the poor farming communities.

Chhattisgarh is a particularly needy state, the rural populations are extremely poor and lacking in many basic resources. Farmers are working the land with their bare hands, often lack in coordinated efforts and are not necessarily aware of government farming schemes that they are entitled to. We work together with them to develop their understanding and practice of organic farming techniques and provide support and expertise to ensure they can farm their land effectively.