Water management for small-holder farmers-Outscaling ACIAR research in Andhra Pradesh Drought Mitigation Program

Project code
AUD 249,999
Research program manager
Dr Neil Lazarow
Project leader
Dr Uday Nidumolu, CSIRO
Commissioned organisation
OCT 2019
SEP 2022
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to strengthen the adaptive capacity and productivity of agriculture in the rainfed areas of five districts in southern Andhra Pradesh, India.

The project will focus on three components:

Climate resilient production systems, which aim to increase the resilience of crop and livestock production systems to drought and provide farmers with information on adequate supplementary irrigation (locally called protective irrigation), improve soil fertility, irrigation efficiency, diversify cropping systems, and improve livestock productivity.

Drought proofing through NRM and water governance aims to mitigate drought and make agriculture more productive through the management of, and investment in, common pool resources.

Management and lesson learning, which will include drawing upon experiences and lessons in water resource planning and management, drought-resilient agriculture and climate change adaptation, and development of policies for the crop and livestock sectors, especially for small ruminants.

Project outcomes

  • Further developing and expanding the Climate Information Centres (CLICs) methodology (CLICs PLUS) by strengthening a) the seasonal climate risk component with historical and where appropriate forecast information and b) analysing the value of short term weather and seasonal climate information on decision making. 
  • Supporting the participatory groundwater monitoring at village scale and community engagement in the project sites and monitoring effectiveness of different groundwater management strategies at village level.
  • Applying the VIA approach (The Virtual Irrigation Academy (VIA) comprises a suite of soil water and solute monitoring tools that give output as colours, coupled to an on-line database and visualisation platform) as a social learning of efficient irrigation practices that can help smallholders measure soil water on their farms and guide continual improvement of their management and profitability. In addition, improvements to soil biology fertility in relation to water use efficiency, climate resilience will be explored.
Key partners
Australian Water Partnership