Health  India Project #1590

Food Security From Sustainable Agriculture, India

by Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (Gravis)


Create tangible changes in natural environment using community-based approach involving conservation and sustainable agriculture. Ensure food needs are met with livestock, horticulture, and seed-banks

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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

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Organization Information

Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (Gravis)

Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​​
Katherine Zavala
Project Leader:
Katherine Zavala
Program Officer, IDEX
San Francisco, CA United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 3 donors like you, a total of $325 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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