Growth in agriculture in general, and rainfed agriculture in particular, was impressive as well as inclusive during the 11th Plan.

Compensatory production plan strategizes enhanced production in the normally sown rabi and special boro/summer season crops particularly in the flood prone areas. High rainfall and better soil moisture during the extended terminal part of the rainy season 2012 provides ample opportunities to improve productivity in the rainfed region.

Rainfed areas currently constitute 55 per cent of the net sown area of the country and are home to two-thirds of livestock and 40 per cent of human population. Even after realizing the full irrigation potential, about 50 per cent of the cultivated area will remain rainfed.

With a view to assess the success of the programme, a study on “Impact evaluation of watershed activities on forest conservation and livelihood of people at Kalimati watershed in Uttarakhand state” was conducted by a team of experts from Himalayan Action Research Centre - Dehradun, with the technical and financial support from National Rainfed Ar

These guidelines broadly indicate a fresh framework for the next generation watershed programmes.

A study on “Impact Evaluation of Watershed Activities on Forest Conservation and Livelihood of People – A case study of Fakot Watershed in Uttarakhand state” was conducted in the project area by a team of Himalayan Action Research Centre, Dehradun, with technical and financial support from National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), Planning Commiss

The main objective of this M & E study is to evaluate the effectiveness of centrally sponsored programmes/schemes/projects for artificial recharge of ground water in the rainfed regions of the Maharashtra state. The changes attributed due to ground water recharge structures are clearly and objectively brought out under the study.

The Krishna River Basin has witnessed high rainfall and consequent floods of various intensities during the last few years. These floods have both the positive as well as negative impacts on the population and the resources.

This position paper by the National Rainfed Area Authority attempts to address the challenges of food security through analysis of the present trend of growth in production, procurement and safe storage of different foodgrain crops, their future potential and possible impact on national food security of diversification into non-PDS, fruits, vegetables and other commercial crops.