Asia Initiatives

Water Conservation to Save Agriculture

Villipurum and Pudokottai, India

In collaboration with the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), SoCCs are enhancing livelihoods and ensuring food security among farmers and their families in Tamil Nadu. In this region, farmers cultivate on a small scale with limited irrigation due to defunct and silted wells. Farmers are earning SoCCs for practicing water conservation and better farming techniques and sharing water with one another. Women earn SoCCs for attending health camps, and the community earns for planting trees and sending their female children to school. In return, farmers are receiving loans to buy cattle and to cover costs to help deepen wells and provide better water storage.