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  project name ~ Afforestation, Water Harvesting, Livelihoods

category ~ rural development and environment




  Project Name


Afforestation, Water Harvesting, Livelihoods



AID India



rural development and environment






Andhra Pradesh

  Budget Approved


$ 10000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Krishna Adusumilli
Rishi Khar
Monal Shroff
Jay Jayakumar


San Diego
Chapel Hill
San Diego





map of chittor





Afforestation through watershed development and protection of 500 acres of degraded forest-land and fruit plantation in 40 acres for sustaining livelihoods in chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh.










We have started working on an afforestation project since 2003 by organizing approximately 20 local SC/ST poor landless families as a ‘Forest Protection Committee’(FPC) / ‘Vana Samrakshana Samiti’(VSS). This is recognized by the Government of India and the forest department has entrusted 500 acres of severely degraded reserve forest land to it for protection and enjoyment. This forest land yields almost no income at present. The VSS members are to protect and regenerate the forest and in return enjoy fully all the income that will come from it in future. If the forest is protected very well, in about 20 years of time, it is likely to start yielding employment opportunities worth about Rs. 3,00,000/- p.a. to support these 20 families primarily through gathering of wild fruits such as neem, custard apple, etc. from the hills. To make it possible for these families to continue protecting the forest beyond the initial four years, we are raising quick-yielding fruit-bearing grafted plantations (Amla, Jamun, etc.) in a selected area of about 40 acres. These 40 acres, out of the total of 500 acres, were chosen as they were in the plains and had good, deep soil. While quick-yielding trees are expected to start yielding income within f our years (i.e. by 2007), we are also trying to raise fodder crops for dairying and medicinal crops which will create opportunities for supplemental income even earlier in the project period. These grafted trees and medicinal crops need irrigation facilities, which are being provided through two bore wells. By 2007, we are hoping these 40 acres of irrigated fruit plantations will start yielding enough income to support the dependent SC/ST families so that they will continue to protect these 40 acres as well as the surrounding 500 acres of natural forest.



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