The Thar Desert is an extremely arid and drought prone region that suffers from acute water shortage and crop failures. Small farmers depend on the monsoon, which can be erratic and unpredictable. There is a lack of crop diversification and due to limited resources, farmers leave their land fallow for most of the year. Labor-intensive farming methods, excessive reliance on high yield seeds use of fertilizers and pesticides leads to soil degradation and an increase in the cost of farming.
Drought-preparedness training and capacity building. Bio-fertilizers from local materials that build plant nutrients and improve soil quality; seed bank to store and preserve traditional seeds; horticulture to increase income and supplement nutrition
Ensure food security through sustainable resource management programs that take a community-based approach to creating tangible and positive changes in the natural environment, as well as in the lives of the poor.
Project Leader: Katherine Zavala Program Officer, IDEX San Francisco,
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