06.12.2012

Management of natural resources at watershed scale produces multiple benefits in terms of increasing food production, improving livelihoods, protecting the environment, addressing gender and equity issues along with biodiversity concerns.

Its components include a knowledge-based entry point activity that is undertaken to build rapport with the community; in situ and ex situ conservation practices; integrated nutrient and management and integrated pest management to maintain soil fertility, manage pest and the environment; crop diversification and intensification through the use of advanced technologies, especially good variety of seeds, balanced fertiliser application and  supplemental irrigation; integration of agriculture (on-farm) and non-agriculture (off-farm) activities; and capacity building, among others. ICRISAT has adopted a holistic and participatory consortium approach that brings together various partners with expertise in different areas to expand the effectiveness of watershed initiatives and interventions.

 

William D. Dar
Director General

Suhas P Wani
Assistant Research Program Director & Principal Scientist (Watersheds)
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Patancheru, India
s.sitaraman(at)cgiar.org