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“Empowering Communities: Dr. Bhavani Rao’s Field Visit and the Transformative Impact of the WADI Project”

March 21st, 2024, during the second day of Dr. Rao’s field visit, she engaged with the WADI groups in Brahmaniapal, Kharmul, and Tantichira, furthering her understanding of the project’s impact. Dr. Rao not only met with the beneficiaries of each village but also participated in a significant event—the inauguration and digging of a new borewell at the Tantichira WADI area. This borewell symbolized the arrival of water and nourishment for the land and its people, marking a pivotal moment in the community’s development.

Additionally, plans were discussed to expand the WADI Project to include over 200 farmers in goatery, indicating a broader scope for livelihood diversification and community empowerment.Notably, the project places a strong emphasis on women’s participation in agriculture and livelihood activities, encouraging their involvement in decision-making processes. This inclusive approach aims to strengthen income generation while respecting and preserving tribal traditions. 

The core strategy of the WADI Project involves diversifying livelihoods while aligning with tribal customs to ensure sustainable income generation. By integrating traditional practices with modern technologies, the project focuses on developing agri-horti-forestry in small, underutilized plots of land and reclaiming wastelands. This comprehensive approach encompasses interventions in fruit cultivation, forestry, and agriculture, promoting holistic development within the community. 

Implemented by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s AMMACHI Labs and supported by organizations such as NABARD and Creative Synergies, the WADI Project demonstrates a collaborative effort to address rural development challenges effectively. Through innovative initiatives and strategic partnerships, the project strives to uplift marginalized communities, empower women, and foster sustainable growth in tribal areas.