Natural Resource Management & Climate change
In rural areas a vast majority of the rural poor continue to be dependent on land, water and forest resources for their livelihoods. Considering these facts, JKS focuses on enhancing productivity, incomes and sustainable livelihoods of the rural poor by developing land, water and forest resources. The aim is to enhance protection, conservation and management of natural resources to enhance soil fertility, sustainable land use, environmental security and increased agricultural production.
In the target area the poor people are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to their heavy dependency on climate sensitive sectors like rain- fed agriculture, water resources, forests and fisheries. Various factors including deforestation, climate change affecting the environment, drought, dry spell, erratic rain and soil erosion have resulted in decreased agriculture production, incomes for these families. Moreover, it affects their food and nutrition security.
In the target area the community has been educated on efficient management of rainwater through water harvesting and judicious use of water to increase agriculture productivity. At the same time they were oriented on methods to improve or protect soil and use water with care on the land. As a result the community adopts measures like :
JKS believes in conservation, development and management of the land, soil and waterresources by incorporating sustainable agricultural practices for sustained yield, water harvestingand judicious use of water, land development, adoption of soil conservation techniques, High Density Plantation (HDP) horticulture / agroforestry, inter cropping, cultivation of climate resilient crops, tubers, rhizomes, millets and pulse, crop diversification as part of natural resource management. The organization’s achievements include water harvesting, conservation and management in 86 villages, development of 400 hectares of waste land, drip irrigation in 15 hectares of land, use of organic manures and bio-fertilizers in 41 villages, provision of irrigation facilities covering 1310 hectares of land belonging to 1240 families in 41 villages and safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in 21 villages.