In 1996, Darewadi, a remote, drought prone village in the reain shadow region of Maharashtra was a picture of despair. Villagers had to migrate to resource-endowed areas working seasonally at sugarcane cutting or in brick kiln of contractors. At this point, some of the villagers approached WOTR to undertake watershed development activities in their village.
The AGRO-MET, a component of the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) project implemented in India by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), is supporting communities and local selfgovernments to use locale-specific climate forecasts and agri information for decision-making.
The land of Kaluchi Thakarwadi has gone from desert to replenished watershed. It is no longer a tragedy of inhospitable climate and unfortunate circumstances. It is a story of how a community came together, challenged the elements and changed their destiny.
The story of the Watershed Development process was also published in LEISA.