and Farming Systems
Rural Livelihoods Development, Western India
for International Development/ W S Atkins and Natural Resources International
- Farming Systems support Liz Kiff (NRgroup)
The Western India Rainfed Farming Project Phase II (WIRFPII) is a process
project aimed at improving the rural livelihoods of poor villages in
remote areas of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat states.
The primary aim
of the project is to encourage more effective policies and programmes
to reduce poverty in rainfed areas and to enable these to be implemented
more widely. Sustainable reduction of poverty is sought through improved
technologies, institutional development and enhanced participation of
stake holders. The project aims to devolve development activities to
GOs, NGOs and CBOs and ultimately influence wider government development
policy for rain-fed areas.
system support inputs include facilitation of close liaison between
international and national research centres, project colleagues
and farmers to design on-farm demonstrations trials. These trials
seek to identify more drought and disease resistant crops and varieties,
suited to the various micro-climates and cropping systems within
the project areas. Two varieties of wheat, GW-173 and RJ-3077, two
varieties of chick pea, ICCV-2 and ICCV-10 and one variety, PL-4076
of lentil are being trialled in simple farmer managed, participative,
adapted-research (FAMPAR) trials in 25 villages. In the case of
the two new varieties of chick pea, trials include additional treatments
of seed priming, rhizobium culture and additional fertiliser (DAP).
closely with community groups, systems for enhancing fodder cultivation
(including social fencing), fodder preservation and efficient use
are also being developed.
March 20, 2012