Madhya Pradesh


WOTR started its work in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in 2006 and has implemented projects through watershed development, CCA, nutrition and child growth monitoring and livelihoods. WOTR is currently active in districts of Anuppur, Chhindwara, Mandla and Seoni. WOTR was also a knowledge partner for the Sustainable Livelihoods and Adaptation to Climate Change (SLACC) project in Sheopur and Mandla districts.

Updates of 2017-2018

  • 1,406.03 ha of land treated under Soil and Water conservation work
  • 124 minor and 30 major structures were built
  • 183 sprinkler units were installed for efficient usage of water
  • 4,314 people trained to boost livelihood prospects and reduce poverty
  • 156 smokeless chulhas given out to women to reduce poverty
  • A total of 64,457 person days of work were generated in the course of the year
  • 10,904 advisories were sent to 514 farmers

Ongoing Projects

  • Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) in Mandla district
  • NABARD Watershed Development Project in Banar and Barbati villages
  • Natural Resource Management and Improving sustainable livelihood opportunities in 8 villages in Chhindwara.
  • Nutrition and Education Project for the children in the age group of 0-5 years in 11 villages of Anuppur district.
  • NABARD Watershed Development Project in the Mukhas and Kinha villages of Mandla district
  • Kanha Pench Corridor Climate Adaptation Project in 24 villages of Seoni (Capacity Building Phase)
  • Climate Change Adaptation project, focusing on livelihoods in 24 villages of Seoni district.
  • Watershed Management Programme in Chhindwara, Mandla and Anuppur districts

Case Studies – 2017-2018

Dumari Singh, in the Banar village of Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district is one of thoseagricultural workers who had to migrate outside for his livelihood.Despite owning 2.5 acres of land, prior to 2012, he would earn barely Rs. 1,000 a month during the kharif (July-October) season, due to the poor quality of his soil. He would often migrate to Mandla, Raipur in Chhattisgarh and Dholpur in Rajasthan in search of agricultural labour work, where he earned slightly more, Rs. 2,000 – 3,000 per month, during the rest of the year. When the rains were bad, he often spent the entire year working outside.

Dumari Singh pointing to his field post-intervention in Banar village of Mandla district, Madhya Pradesh.

In 2012, the WOTR took up a watershed development project in Banar, after which Dumari Singh could grow and harvest kodukutki(inferior millets), and later in 2016, he started growing arhar (pigeon peas) and toor(split peas). He was able to earn an average of Rs. 3,000 per month, in kharif and about Rs. 2,000 in rabi.

It was after seeing the success on such a ‘demo-plot’ that Dumari Singh eventually shifted over to using organic inputs like vermi-compost and dashparni ark (an organic pest and insect repellant) in 2017.

Dumari Singh expresses his appreciation at the benefit it has brought to him, saying he had never imagined that he would able to grow food on his land due to its bad soil quality. He says “Now I am able to grow paddy, kodokutkiand arhar (pigeon pea), maize and til (sesame seeds) in my own plot. My input cost has also reduced a lot by using home-made manure like vermicompost. My per year input cost of fertiliser has reduced by about 50% over a single season by using vermicompost and other organic manure.”

Impacts – 2017-2018

  • In MP, in 2018-2019, 1,600 hectare have been covered under area treatment in different projects, impacting close to 3,000 households
  • 55 Community irrigation systems have been deployed with 165 families in the villages of Seoni and Chhindwara districts
  • A micro plan of around 30 villages have been prepared by the community themselves
  • Rs. 1.50 Crores have been utilized through convergence with various government departments, by WOTR MP in 2018-2019



Leadership, Enterprise and Empowerment

In ‘Leadership, Enterprise and Empowerment’ we bring to you stories of how poor villagers in Madhya Pradesh’s tribal dominated villages are able to carve out a better life for themselves, thanks to WOTR’s interventions. WOTR’s Wasundhara approach has empowered people there.




Punishing a truant teacher

Women empowerment and SHGs take active part in decision making in village. In this case-study, the women of Birolipar took action by uniting against a teacher for frequent absenteeism and neglect of school children’s education. The collective action led to decisive action by the government.




Mandla HDFC Project Film

WOTR’s work in MP spans many thematic areas, and touches lives of thousands of people. See our video to know more about the work we do.




Mukhas and Chittaphal

Mukhas and Chittaphal are two tribal dominated villages of MP. Prior to WOTR’s intervention, they were politically powerless, poverty stricken and subject to large scale out-migration. Livelihood opportunities were limited. WOTR’s intervention has changed the lives of the local people there and made them more self-sufficient and prosperous.




To know more about our work in MP, please contact us at and
Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR),
Rose Villa, Opposite Annapurna Apts. Railway Society,
Premnagar, Jabalpur
Madhya Pradesh – 482001
Phone: 7828813127


To support our work in MP donate to Acc. No. 500101010004293