Aranya’s projects have had an approach of identifying solutions that address both social and environmental concerns through a healthy synergy between the two. In addition, Aranya has endeavoured to bring to its stakeholders cutting edge knowledge and techniques in natural resource management (esp. water) and ecological farming methods. In this entire process, it has championed the cause of community/ farmers’ participation (esp. women) in natural resource management. It has vast experience in participatory irrigation management. Bridging the distances between community institutions and government departments has also been an important element in most projects.
The four elements described in this diagram are closely connected and their integrated working is what Aranya projects aim to achieve. Though certain projects are listed alongside each of these elements, every project incorporates the other elements too, as required by the project context.
Implementation area:Bidakanna Village, Jharasangham (mandal), Sangareddy (Dist), Telangana
Donor Agency: The Hans Foundation
Implementation area: at Birsaipet, Dhanthanpalle, Ghanpur, Lakkaram Villages in Utnoor mandal, Adilabad district, Telangana
Implementation area: Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
Aranya Agricultural Alternatives is a Lead Facilitating Agency (LFA) for the Government of AndhraPradesh ‘Andhra Pradesh Drought Mitigation Project’ (APDMP). The southern part of AP is one of the most climate-vulnerable regions in India, exacerbated by limited irrigation: low surface water availability and over-exploited groundwater resources – borewell drillings often fail to strike water and/or borewells are running dry. Soils are generally thin with low soil fertility and low water holding capacity; however, farmers lack access to, and information on, drought-adapted technologies. 80% of farmers are marginal or smallholder farmers, predominantly growing rainfed oilseeds, pulses and cotton as cash crops. Typically, this generates a third of income – necessitating farmers to rely on public safety net programmes and/or seasonal migration to low paid jobs.
What Aranya Agricultural Alternatives does:
Implementation area: Lingapoor, Kadem (mandal), Niraml (Dist)
Implementation area: Krishna and Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Implementation area: Nellore, Andhra Pradesh