Historically a water-rich country, India is now facing a water crisis. With 16% of the world’s population but only 4% of the world’s fresh water, India’s demand is outstripping its supply.
India’s farmers face severe water scarcity
India’s water issues are perhaps most significant to the country’s farming population. Nearly half of India’s population depends upon farming, yet nearly two thirds of all fields lack any type of irrigation system. Poor resource management and climate change have led to soil erosion, sediment build-up, and highly irregular and declining rainfall. Water resources underpin economic growth, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. From food security and health, water contributes to social well-being and livelihoods. Increased availability of water is an important long-term asset for marginal families earning their livelihood through agriculture and livestock rearing.
Water for Life project successfully fulfills a communities’ water needs.
There is a solution
Water For Life helps farmers transform desert into arable, productive farmland. This has included mapping rivers and smaller waterways that develop during the annual monsoon and then designing containment structures to conserve the rainwater. These structures range from rock and cement walls to large dams and crop irrigation channels. The results of these efforts are readily visible one year after construction, when new crops of wheat, barley, corn and other vegetables are growing where nothing has grown for years. Enhanced yields means farmers are able to provide for their families and increase their income by selling excess produce.
DWC has a goal to build 50 water harvesting structures which will provide water and food security for about 1,500 families. Each village invests 25 percent of the project cost. It takes them two to three years to save this money. Please help us make their project a reality.