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Drought in India

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VIDEO : https://vimeo.com/125792111

Bhungroo: Managing Drought in India

A Momentum for Change Winner

 

Drought is a serious issue in the western Indian state of Gujarat, particularly for underprivileged female farmers. Limited and unpredictable rainfall, exacerbated by climate change, leads to water logging during peak cropping season. For the rest of the year, farmers experience severe water scarcity. But thanks to a life-changing technology, poor farmers are now converting crises into opportunities.

Bhungroo is a water management system helps farmers adapt to this increasingly limited and unpredictable rainfall. Bhungaroo injects and stores excess rainfall underground and lifts it out for use in dry spells. Adoption of this technology has decreased salt deposits on soil and increased fresh water supply, saving farmers from drought.

Bhungaroo was a Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity winner in 2014.

 

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.