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10th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater International 2001"
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001

Section 4: Rainwater Catchment in Agriculture

Paper 4.7

Women's Empowerment Through Hilltop Rainwater Harvesting

Jasveen Jairath
Society for Participatory Development


The experiment under consideration was undertaken in a drought prone area of Andhra Pradesh in India with a high population of poorer castes and tribes who practice subsistence agriculture. There is a high degree of landless population and the ones with land have very small units ranging from half acre to three acres. Total annual rainfall is less than 500mm. Overall socio-economic indicators of health, literacy, incomes are very low.

Proposed objectives

To conserve rainwater on hilltop in a closed structure for later use for supporting income yielding plantations on the hill slopes through women's involvement by providing supplemental irrigation using water efficient technologies.

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