Rajasthan has the highest probability of drought in India. Overexploitation of groundwater, industrial pollution and poor resource management policies only made matters worse, leaving much of Rajasthan defenseless during times of drought. Lack of water especially harms the livelihood of farmers, and JJVS helps the tribal villages combat drought through water conservation and agricultural programs. Through over 20 years’ of direct involvement in water management, Jagran has become southern Rajasthan’s leading voluntary and social agency in soil and water conservation.
JJVS regularly works with local governments to preserve water resources. Using GPS and GIS, JJVS conducts micro plans and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) to digitize census information and map out water resources, drainage patterns and land use. These projects provide Gram Panchayats (village committees) with the asset mapping needed for proper site selection and successful project implementation. JJVS also helps local communities inspect dams, gully plugs and trenches to better harvest rainwater and develop soil structure.
Agro-Forestry and Social Forestry Plantations
JJVS implements agro-forestry and social forestry plantations to help satisfy daily community needs of food, fodder and fuel. JJVS brings together scientific experts, local governments and support agencies to conduct extensive surveying and technical consultations for the local communities.
Continuous drought in Udaipur area harms agriculture and livestock. Therefore JJVS has implemented farming and livestock-based programs in over 40 villages to increase agricultural yields. For example, to reduce the losses caused by drought, JJVS has introduced low-cost agro-technology to the villages. JJVS also trains local farmers in traditional farming to promote the optimum utilization of resources and increase agricultural productivity.