Monsoon means celebrations for the people of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who script success stories of rainwater harvesting. But in Rajasthan they are questioned: who own the raindrop?

There is euphoria in the villages which have harvested rain. Overcoming hurdles, village communities learn the first lesson in water management

Only a strong political commitment for water conservation will ensure the survival of these structures

Keshubhai Patel Chief minister, Gujarat On overflowing check dams: We needed a permanent solution that not only drought-proofs the state but also provides livelihoods. The effort is to trap

Government watershed programmes run for a limited period. The impractical timeframe threatens to undo the goodwork

Investment in water is an insurance against poverty and drought. Down To Earth reporters visited the eight villages below during the droughts of 2000 and 2001. These villages have several years of

To fight drought, the Madhya Pradesh government embarked on a water conservation drive in February this year with its Pani Roko Abhiyan (Stop Water Campaign). The state administration geared up

Democracy of the people, by the people and for the people . Madhya Pradesh takes the lead

For the rural poor – who depend above all the land for their survival – a central development challenge is to sustain a base of natural capital that can support a robust local economy. In India, government mismanagement of forests, grazing lands, and water resources has often alienated rural people and exacerbated resource degradation.

Sonia Gandhi visits Jhabua and bears witness to a green revolution