WOTR has been working in Jharkhand to reduce poverty through integrated watershed development and sustainable livelihoods since 2010, when the Jharkhand-Regional Resource Centre (RRC)was established. As of date, WOTR is engaged in 226 villages across Khunti, Gumla and Giridih districts

Ongoing Projects

Watershed Management Programme-Jharkhand

Livelihood Enhancement in Khunti District in Jharkhand through natural resource management consolidation phase

Kfw Soil Project – SEWOH Phase-ll for Bamni Watershed in Murhu block of Khunti

Mobilizing MGNREGA – A high Impact Collaborative Water security programme in Jharkhand

Building adaptive capacities and resilience to climate change of indigenous and marginalized farmer communities through natural resource management and livlihood promotion

Ground report / Improving agricultural yield through better water management

Bilkan Champi started farming in his early teens. At the time, he was helping his father when times were rough. Even now, however, there is no source of water available. Farming in the winter is impossible. The rabi season is spent working in others’ fields.

Bilkan lives in Sidu village, situated a mere 10 km from Murhu block of Khunti district. Considering the high rainfall in the region, majority of farmers cultivate rice. However, it is just enough for their own subsistence.

Bilkan owns 6 acres of land, out of which the cultivable 3 acres are located on the higher uplands where runoff is too high. Monsoons alone cannot support good production. Without irrigation, Bilkan could only sow in a tiny portion of 0.02 acres. Getting irrigation was expensive, as he was not prepared until Sidu village was included in the AHB-funded (Andheri Hilfe BonnWasundhara project implemented by WOTR.

WOTR helped Bilkan build a 25-foot deep dugwell in his farm. The work was done with machines and manual labour, costing Rs 1.5 lakh. Bilkan contributed a third of this amount – Rs 54,000 – and the rest was covered by the project.

The well and subsequent irrigation has enabled Bilkan to farm a larger portion during Kharif and also take vegetable crops during the rabi season. Previously, he earned around Rs 3,000 from growing paddy in the small portion of his land.

Now, he has water all year round enabling him to not just increase the farming area during Kharif but also cultivate other crops during winter and summer. In the first summer, he planted onion and potato for self-consumption. It was tomato, watermelon and rice during kharif, making overall earnings of Rs 9,000.

Bilkan has also invested in farm bunds to ensure water retention in fields. Water retention will allow sharing water with neighbouring farmers while satisfying his own needs as well.


7000 farmers supported for Climate Resilient Agriculture

25.70 Cr. Litres storage capacity achieved through nala bunds, afforestation, and new and existing well repairs

200 ha land converted from non-cultivable to cultivable

3300 farmers guided towards year-round food security

40.57 Cr. Litres water harvesting potential created through area treatment

6000 families benefited through farm ponds

195 loose boulder structures built; 197 gully plugs built; 9 gabion structures built



Power of a Collective

Farm Producer Organisations play a major role in promoting farm-market linkages and creating opportunities for farmers. In this issue of Ecologic Feb 2018, read about how an FPO is making a difference to villages in Murhu, Jharkhand.




Agriculture going organic in Jharkhand

How often do you hear about an entire village going organic? Well, in the village of Ghagari, in Jharkhand, this is what has happened. How has this shift changed things for the farmers there?




A path to guaranteed self-Sufficiency

How does WOTR’s work contribute to self-sufficiency at the village level? And how can this be scaled up nationally and internationally? Read this German article, by Elvira Greiner, president of our long-time funder and partner Andheri-Hilfe Bonn.




Please contact us at: sujaya.dangwar@wotr.org.in and sandeep.jadhav@wotr.org.in