Faith Garden

Development training for Vegetable Cultivation and Promotion” at Bambora and Kela Talai villages. During trainings 23 farmers were engaged in on site vegetable bed preparation which ensured their interest in vegetable cultivation. Seeds of bhindi, amaranth, kidney beans, brinjal, tomato, carrot, spinach, fenugreek, coriander, onion, and cauliflower were distributed. Farmers sowed the seeds in the plant beds at their farms. Field staff monitored and provided onsite demonstrations for bed preparation and watering. Fermented Plant Juices (FPJ), Fish Amino Acids (FAA), Oriental Herbal Nutrient (ONH), Indigenous Molecular Organisms (IMO) and Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) were prepared and provided to the farmers. The practice was promoted through FFS. FFS is the group of farmers which is involved in participatory testing of farm based technologies. Prayatna Samiti along with FFS developed vermiwash, a liquid organic manure which supplements macro and micro nutrients and nitrogen fixation bacteria. Vermiwash was sprayed on the vegetables to replace Urea and DAP. Results showed growth in plants and improvement in soil fertility.

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Climate Proofing Practices In Rawatpura Watershed

Due to the gradual shift in climate patterns a regular change in ecosystem is evident all over the world. The effect has its implications on the vegetation, fauna and abiotic components. When observed at the micro level the most affected are the ecosystems which were already vulnerable to the existing weather conditions. Weather extremes occurring over the years have affected the habits of communities which they adapted in response to the climatic variations, which are often unsustainable and could not resist the adverse weather very long. At this stage it becomes necessary to develop the preparations and plans which must strengthen the climate change adaptation practices as their inherent part to be followed.These must be further implemented to build the climate resilient structures to increase the capacity of the communities to face climate risks.

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Sawna Project Completion Report

The Sawna watershed lies 62 km south east of Udaipur via Sakroda-Gudli-Bambora villages, which is part of Girwa, Vallabhnagar, Lasadiya blocks of Udaipur district of Rajasthan. This is 32 km2 area consisting of 10 villages. The area lies on GT sheet no. 45L/3 by Survey of India. Sawna macro watershed is in longitude west of Morji ka Kheda E74º 05’28” to north of Kherakhet E74º08’44” and latitude N24º21’30” south of Morji ka Kheda to N24º26’36.4″ north of Lakhmera/Tin Munda an also on sheet No 13 of of Geological & Mineral Atlas of India (by Geological survey of India).The minimum and maximum temperatures are 03ºC and 45ºC, respectively while mean temperature is 22ºC. The average annual rainfall received by the district is 652.6 mm. Annual potential evatranspiration/PET is 1380 mm. The area lies 30 km north east to the Jaismand lake, making it a part of one of the greatest catchments. The area south of the great watershed is drained by the tributaries which ultimately reach to Arabian Sea through the Gulf of Cambay.

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Protection & Promotion of Biodiversity Specific Traditional Knowledge (TK) for Health & Livelihood Security

PROTECTION & PROMOTION OF BIODIVERSITY SPECIFIC TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE (TK) Traditional Knowledge refers to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities around the world. It tends to be collectively owned and takes the form of stories, songs, folklore, proverbs, cultural values, beliefs, rituals, community laws, local language, and agricultural practices, including the development of plant species and animal breeds. Due to gradual change in lifestyle pattern, particularly influenced by market driven economy and migration, it had been observed that a chunk of Traditional Knowledge (TK) and practices had been lost. With the change in lifestyles communities are losing the biocultural diversity which is significant to endure human beings, plants and animals of a place.

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Vegetable Enterprising

The study ‘When their hands felt the shape of happiness: moving towards vegetable enterprising’ deals with the experience sharing journey with the vegetable cultivators in Sawna watershed. This scans the present land use pattern with respect to vegetable cultivation, its scope, the practices, income earned and projections for common vegetables in demand. The study involves 24 women farmers from the villages Hathida, Nichali Semliya, and Ramela who purchased improved varieties of vegetable seeds from Prayatna Samiti in March 2012.

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The Summary Report of NREGA DPRs

Background: Under the project titled “Mainstream initiatives of supporting PRIs and local institutions to leverage the flagship schemes (MGNREGA) for sustaining natural resource based livelihoods” implemented by Prayatna Samiti with the support of SPWD and Ford Foundation the efforts are under going to promote NRM based NREGA activities for long term sustainability of the livelihoods. In order to achieve the results of making Gram Panchayats equip with NRM incorporated action plans DPRs had been prepared to deal with the current situation of NRM components. The DPRs were prepared with the help of Gram Panchayat and informal community groups who helped in providing primary data and assessing need based planning. The DPRs disseminate the need assessment for incorporating NRM in NREGA. The plan supplements the watershed approach to fulfil integrated watershed management. To further disseminate the DPRs a “Summary Report of the DPRs” has been prepared to give combine picture of DPR components and need to supplement them.

About the “Summary Report of the DPRs”:

The “Summary Report of the DPRs” will be helpful to explain the need of NRM approach in NREGA supplementing watershed approach for harvesting water in the project area. The idea behind producing the report is to realize the need of water to sustain the natural resources. The report also derives the indications based on which recommendations and suggested measures have been derived to make the DPR component workable in the project area. The project area is the combined area of 5 Gram Panchayat consisting of 29 villages of Salumbar and Jhalara blocks of Udaipur.
The report is the compilation of DPRs of 5 Gram Panchayat with every component of the DPRs existing in separate Excel sheet where it is summarized further to deduce the need of NRM.

The summary report summarizes the DPRs in the way that it gives the content wise information to derive meaningful perspective for the existing conditions in the project area. The summary interprets the components of the DPRs to deduce the suggestive measures for accomplishing NRM based NREGA activities. The summary sheets described in the Excel draws the following content:

Cumulative Chart: It combines the DPR component to give the existing status of the component.
Graphical representation: It represents the cumulative chart in the form of a graph.

Summary: The part explains the cumulative chart to give the analytical presentation of the existing scenario of the component.

Indication: The box indicates the key changes that need attention for drawing out the measures for effective planning.

Recommendations: They mention what need to be done. Apart from NREGA measures the part suggests other NRM mechanisms to lead sustainable approach.

Structures suggested: The part deals in suggesting NRM based NREGA structures to complement each component as to indicate the solution to deal with its current status. It is necessary part of the summary report because it values the DPR component by aligning it with related NREGA measures to get readily available result thereby indicating the potential of diverse activities under NREGA.