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Tools and approaches to community development
Pardyp network experiences

S. S. Bisht   G B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development

B. P. Kothyari   G B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development

S. K. Bhuchar   International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

Smallholder farmers in the study watersheds, including the Garur-Ganga in India, under People and Resources Dynamics in Mountain watersheds of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (PARDYP) are generally poor and one of the reasons for this is lack of efforts to develop and disseminate improved on-farm options for agriculture productivity, particularly in the rain-fed conditions. In response to this, the on-farm research team in India has been carrying out (since 1998) research with farmers in the watershed, on a number of potential measures such as off-season vegetable cultivation, use of bio-fertilisers and improved seeds. This paper describes the findings of the research on these and about efforts made by the project to spread the findings.

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