High propensity to drought and rapid soil erosion triggered by high intensity rainfall and high wind speeds leads to sub-optimal storage of water in the Ratlam district. Through the use of watershed interventions the project was able to improve sub-surface water availability. The project also assessed utilisation potential and set up dug wells on the basis of hydro geological understanding. While keeping drinking water security as its non-negotiable focus, the interventions also helped improve agricultural productivity through sustainable groundwater management and transfer of knowledge on appropriate agricultural practices. These outcomes led to a drop in distress migration and increased drinking water and livelihood security.
ASA’s approach to development is firmly founded upon participatory action at the community level. The main aim of the organization is to provide livelihood security which is facilitated by an intensive participatory process of natural resources development and local institutional development. Particular emphasis is placed on directing efforts toward the poor and women.