The article written by Eshwer Kale and Marcella D’Souza was published in the compendium ‘Water Conservation and Saving in Agriculture: Initiatives, Achievements and Challenges in Maharashtra’ by Water Resources Department (WRD) Government of Maharashtra.
(Marathi, VCD, Time: 24 mins.)
In March 2004, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) in collaboration with the Karl Kubel Foundation, Germany and the international Foundation for Agriculture and Development, Italy organized an Exposure and Dialogue Programme (EDP).
The EDP which is actually an immersion into the lives of the rural people helps the participants to get “first hand” experience of the life of the people. This helps them to understand how people perceive their own situation with respect to natural resources conservation. This turn helps the policy makers and practitioners formulate relevant and appropriate developmental policies and strategies.
The EDP participants visited and stayed in four villages from WOTR’s implementation area in Akole region of Ahmednagar district. They had the opportunity to get a first hand idea of life in the village, how the watershed development effort was implemented and the perception of resulting changes as experienced by the villagers themselves. This video elaborates on the theme of EDP the learning of the watershed dwellers and also of the visiting participants. It’s a learning and reflection tool for us too!