Dr Suhas P Wani, Director, ICRISAT Development Center, has been honored as one of “50 Most Impactful Leaders in Water & Water Management”.
“Earlier farm watersheds were implemented in different Indian states like Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and revisited in 1995-96 to assess the impact. Except for the use of fertilizer and improved seeds, farmers did not continue other interventions such as soil and water conservation. In 1999, based on these experiences, a new model was developed for enabling community participation and evaluated at Adarsha Watershed in Kothapally,” noted Dr Wani.
Dr Wani has contributed to the creation of the Bhoochetana initiative in Karnataka, a strong partnership that reached 4.75 million farmers in five years, with a 20-66% crop increase and total net benefits of US$350 million. Other projects across several Asian countries including China, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam have helped thousands of farmers.
“I am delighted to receive this award, which I think is a great recognition for our efforts towards water management especially in the drylands where ICRISAT specializes. I would like to thank my colleagues at ICRISAT and our partner organizations for all the support and guidance,” said Dr Wani after receiving the award. He was given the award at the World CSR Congress held 17 February in Mumbai, India.
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