Watershed Development Fund (WDF)

WDF program, funded by NABARD is being implemented in distress in 3 mandalsin Mahabubnagar District, Telangana State. WASSAN, as RSO, has provided technical support to 29 watersheds in the district.

WDF consists of pre capacity and Capacity Building phase and after successful implementation of these phases entered to full implementation phase. Several efforts were made to village committees to pool resource persons for land use planning, agriculture and livelihood planning.Besides regular watershed activities, IPWWA implemented several innovative livelihood components into the project. Required linkages were established with Line Departments like Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries etc. Efforts were also made to ensure quality in the works and promote transparency in wage payments. As part of capacity building, several trainings, demonstration of field practices and exposure visits were organized on different themes. These include; WDF concept, Social Mobilization, Participatory Net Planning, Roles and Responsibilities of Village Watershed Committee, Book keeping, Quality parameters, Sustainable Agriculture practices, Nursery Raising, Chick Rearing and Fisheries Development etc. PFA staff trainings, office bearers of watershed committees and village community were the target group for such capacity building activities. Pool of Resource Persons (PRPs) was developed in most of the watersheds to cater the needs of PFAs and VWDCs. These PRPs were also capacitated on facilitating various activities.

Support for Major Interventions in WDF

  • Backyard Poultry: 
  • Preventive Livestock health Care services in Livestock: 
  • Inland Fisheries: 
  • Productivity Enhancement: .
  • Livestock based Livelihoods: 
  • Non Farm activities: Non Timber Forest Products: Making of Agarbattis and Leaf Plates, Bamboo and Palm leaf handicrafts, Mahua, Honey and Gum collection etc. were promoted as livelihood enterprises in several watersheds.

Impacts and Lessons
With the SMC works, on an average 10 acres of uncultivated land in each watershed has come into cultivation, where crops like Jowar, Redgram and Castor were taken up. In some places, vegetable cultivation was also promoted. This has resulted in both income generation and crop diversification. 

Initially there was great difficulty in mobilizing the community for shramdaan in many watersheds.