GRAVIS improved community-based silvi-pasture in Osian block with the support of ICARDA


Increasing desertification and deforestation is major concern in western Rajasthan. Due to recurring droughts and famines, the number of cattle decreased significantly. But, the hardy animals like goat and sheep increased to a substantial level, due to their ability to consume less palatable species and graze closer to the ground. State-owned rangelands on which the cattle used to graze have decreased due to degradation as well as encroachment of cultivation. The forest area in the region is also in poor shape and does not serve as a significant forage source. As a result, the total pasture area in the region has been reduced over the past four decades. If this trend continues, more grazing land will be lost which will force agro-pastoralists to migrate with their cattle. To alleviate the gap in feed resources and enhance the resilience of the agro-pastoral production system, GRAVIS has developed a silvi-pasture improvement activity targeting the common property resources (CPRs) of Baithwasia Panchayat in the Osian block. This activity is undertaken in collaboration with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and with financial support from the CGIAR Dryland Systems (CRP DS) for South Asia. Through facilitation from GRAVIS Panchayat members and local village leaders in Panchayat 10 hectares land of Karnipura which is adjoin to the Consortium Research Programme site Maansagar is being rehabilitated using a community participatory approach.


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