Revitalisation of Rain-fed Agriculture (RRA): RRA has been supporting nine comprehensive pilot projects across various states in India through its network NGO partners. One of such initiatives is being implemented in Jawadhu Hills, Tamil Nadu by a consortium of Centre for Indian Knowledge System, Chennai and Vrutti Livelihood Resource Centre, Bangalore. An inception workshop was held at Jawadhu hills on 22nd and 23rd of June 2012 wherein the core team members of the consortium partners discussed on various aspects of the project, held consultation meetings with key stakeholders including govt. line departments and developed plans for moving forward. The project started on 1st June 2012 and is expected to be completed by May 2013.
70% of the world's poor live in rural areas and are often at the mercy of rainfall-based resources for income. India ranks first among the rain-fed agricultural countries in terms of both extent (200 million hectare-acres) and value of produce. Despite its significant contribution to the national economy rainfed agriculture in the country is shrinking due to several factors such as discriminative policy environment, low productivity, high cost of cultivation, and gaps across all systems (soil, seeds, water etc.). Though there are a few successful interventions, these are often isolated, at small scale and not comprehensively addressing all systemic gaps in rain-fed agriculture.
The Revitalizing Rain-fed Agriculture Network (RRA) is a network of like-minded civil society organizations, research institutions and universities that have emerged based on the collective understanding that agriculture policies designed for relatively secure and well-endowed parts of the country have been indiscriminately extended to rainfed areas. The network is working towards enhancing the incomes and food security of farming communities in India by the way of implementing comprehensive pilot projects to demonstrate evidence based, sustainable and scalable models that are appropriate to rainfed farming systems, through a system based approach (soil, seeds, water, millets, fisheries, livestock…) addressing the gaps in these areas in convergence with government programmes.