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.