Rain-fed agriculture accounts for 68% of India’s cropped area, providing livelihoods to 480 million people. Of the 127 agro-climatic zones in India, 73 are rain-fed areas, characterized by constraints in water availability, higher poverty ratios, lower population density, and difficult access to markets, employment and services. These regions are more susceptible to drought, land degradation and environmental stress.

The project will be implemented in selected sites in nine states: Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha ,Rajasthan and Telangana.

These states were selected on the area of rainfed agriculture lands, poverty levels, IWMP being under active implementation and willingness to participate in the project and cost-share in state level activities.


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