There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
WOTR has implemented Pro-Soil project funded by GIZ in 7 villages of Bhalwani Cluster (Parner block) of Ahmednagar district. This area suffers from twin problems of low productivity and high instability in rain as a result of inadequate and unpredictable rainfall. The primary aim of the project is to promote sustainable and inclusive approaches for soil conservation, rehabilitation of degraded lands and improve soil health to enhance the crop productivity. The study shows the impact of Organic and SCI cultivation practices for Green gram and rabi-Sorghum which increase the crop productivity, reduce the cost of cultivation by about 10% and enhance the soil health.