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12 nrm bhoochetana scr

  1. 1. BIG IDEAS A proven model for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources for food security and improved livelihoods  Be water neutral  Rejuvenate the land  Sustainable intensification of agriculture  Inclusive of the smallholder farmer This proven Bhoochetana* model, applied in India, is now being taken to Africa. Science with a human face www.icrisat.org November 2013
  2. 2. The achievements M ajor boost in soil fertility and capacity to resist drought – through micronutrient fertilizers (Zinc, Boron and Sulphur (Gypsum) and organic compost Enough water, despite poor rains – with the use of agroforestry, dams, gullies and micro-irrigation to conserve rainwater – make sustainable groundwater use and prevent soil runoff Introduction of improved crop varieties suited to the environment, coping with climate change and the markets. The results in Karnataka state, India in the first 3 years: 20-66% yield increase 5% rise in food production across the state $1 invested = $3-14 return 3 million farmers over 3.7 million ha, made up to $500 net gain per ha in one season The approach What made this successful, included: ▪▪ ▪▪ On-farm practices - - - Participatory soil health assessments Balanced fertilizer recommendations Diversifying crop farms to include livestock for additional income and manure Capacity building - - Capacity building of all partners including farmer field schools Over 10,000 farmer facilitators trained to give farmer-to-farmer demonstrations and advice ▪▪ Partnering - - - - Strong support achieved from the government and farmer groups, and partnering with local community groups Empowerment of women in the community Communication campaigns to build enthusiasm Regular monitoring and evaluation New work is being done now on processing technology, marketing and the use of ICT Involvement Contact Apply this proven model to specific sites or have it upscaled across a state or region. Suhas P Wani, Acting Research Program Director – Resilient Dryland Systems & Principal Scientist (Watersheds); Email: s.wani@cgiar.org *Bhoochetana means “rejuvenating the soil”. It was used to name a project led by ICRISAT’s Research Program on Resilient Dryland Systems 2 A concept note for Ensuring nutritional security in rural India

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