:: Water_food_security


Water Management in an IWRM Perspective
Engrained on the Dublin Principles (1992) of IWRM, ISD’s water management programmes include:
  • Water Situation Analysis
  • Stakeholder Analysis, education and engagement through participatory methods
  • Facilitation of knowledge transfer and Demonstration of appropriate technologies in water management
The flagship programmes are:
☝ Water and Food Security (WaFoS) Programme
☝ Farmers’ Clubs and Farmers’ Joint Liability Groups
☝ Rainwater Harvesting and Groundwater recharging
☝ Local Governance of Water Resources
☝ Youth Eco-Clubs
☝ WaSH Clubs for Children

Few of the communityparticipatory exercises used in the process are:
➢ Community Water Walk
➢ Village Vision Building
➢ Eri thiruvizha
➢ Water Budgeting
➢ Decision making- at the Gramasabha
➢ Thrift and credit among farmers, for financial inclusion

PROGRAMMES IN NUTSHELL : With Farmers 35 numbers of Farmers Club, 7 Farmers Collectives, 4 Dairy Cooperative Societies

Farmers Collective as a medium to
Promote self-help
Disseminate techniCal know-how and do-how
Thrift and credit among the group
To encourage good financial practices (including repayment culture)

Technology adoption for

Reducing Water consumption,
Increasing soil fertility, and thereby
Increasing productivity

Farm mechanization
To reduce drudgery
To cope up with labour shortage
Post harvesting practices
To promote value addition
To enable delayed marketing
To create more storage facilities

Financial Support
Short term credit assistance for farming related expenditures
Bank linkages
Leadership Training

To organize / conduct other programmes like cancer / eye screening / dental treatment camps, monitoring the SLCs, sanitation promotion

During April 2013- March 2016
Total No of Beneficiaries & Groups            111/14
Total Credit Assistance INR                     19,90,100
Repayment Rate                                        96%

Result at the community level
Technology adoption for sustainable and profitable farming
☞ SRI in paddy and micro irrigation systems for horticulture crops to reduce water consumption
☞ Increased awareness on soil health, and need for natural farming
☞ Integrated pest management and natural pest control methods
☞ Farm mechanisation to reduce drudgery and to cope up with labour shortage
☞ Post-harvest interventions to reduce wastage and loss of produces and value addition
☞ Adoption of rainwater harvesting to augment ground water storage through ground water recharge shaft
☞ Increase in self-help among farmers through groups
☞ Thrift and credit within the group
☞ Reduced dependency on local money lenders and relieved from exorbitant interests paid
☞ Adoption of good financial practices including credit repayment
☞ Financial support in the form of short term credit assistance for farming and bank linkages
☞ Leadership training, to sustain the programme impacts and residuals; to take up locally relevant development programme

Rainwater Harvesting
☞ Ground water Recharge shaft:Standalone, conversion of old defunct borewells, add-on to functioning borewells
☞ Recharge Trench
☞ Conversion of Old unused open wells

Geographic Focus of the Activities
15000 + households and 75000 + population 30 Panchayats (100+ villages) of Ellapuram, Poondi, Thiruvallur, and Sholavaram Blocks in Thiruvallur District, located within 20 to 50 kms from the Chennai City limit (

Partners in our Water Management:
State Government Departments (Food &Water related)
Central Government Institutions (RSF&, CCBF)
SWISS India Trust, Chennai
Live Energies Foundation, Chennai
CEC, Chennai


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