Sustainable Water Management for Livelihood Security of the rural communities in South Odisha,India

Enhance production for food security and increased income from family farms through diversion based irrigation and solar powered solutions.

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  • English

Organization name


Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $1mil - $5mil

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • India

Headquarters location: City

The headquarters of PRAGATI ,KORAPUT is located in Koraput town in Koraput District of Odisha state in India.

Location(s) of impact

Country: India : 50 villages in Koraput Districts of South Odisha,India.


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The initiative will address water scarcity in agriculture in the hilly remote villages of South Odisha. Hill streams and springs are the main water sources, but the farmers’ do not have appropriate technology and water lifting devices to utilize the water sources for agriculture. The earthen canals dug by farmers are washed away during rains and in summer much water is wasted in seepage. Lack of irrigation and erratic rainfall causes crop, loss food insecurity and seasonal unemployment leading to distress migration.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

The proposed project will address these constraints by adopting the technology of Diversion based irrigation that applies gravitational force to guide water from adjacent streams and rivers to agricultural fields. The scheme consists of a low obstruction (weir) or bund constructed across the stream for raising and diverting water and conveyance system through PVC pipes to carry the water to the agricultural fields. Besides, there are also opportunities for lifting water from perennial sources through solar irrigation system which can irrigate the uplands in winter and summer and make it suitable for agriculture. These irrigation systems are cost effective and environment friendly which will buffer the rain fed crops from vulnerability to monsoon irregularities and also enable farmers to adopt crops round the year for their food security and and income enhancement. These eco-friendly models of irrigation are already demonstrated in 53 villages which has ensured water for crops.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Pragati Koraput has implemented Diversion Based Irrigation in 53 villages of Koraput District with the objective to “Introduce irrigated agriculture and scientific cropping practices in the command areas for enhancing food security and annual income of the small farmers.” 55 Diversion based irrigation structures are created in 53 villages irrigating 1114 acres land benefiting 1409 farmers to grow crops throughout the year, earning additional average income of INR 70,000 per family .It has increased awareness of community on water management and distribution, efficiency in water use and utilization of uplands for agriculture.Farmers are adopting improved agriculture practices and organic farming. The systems are cost effective,eco-friendly and reduced use of fuel for water pumping. The farmers have employment in their villages and reduced distress migration. It has increased access to water for domestic use in 11 villages benefiting 477 households, reducing drudgery for women.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

The initiative is supported by Tata Trusts. The community contributes their labour for all the earth work and local materials required for construction work.The materials,trainings and agriculture inputs are supported under the programme. The concept is shared with the farmers that they will deposit the fund utilized in their respective village funds through collection of user fees as they enhance their income consistently through irrigated agriculture. The fund will be utilized by the villagers for the maintenance of the infrastructures and scale up of improved agriculture practices in the command areas. Out of the annual budget ,96% is secured from different grants, as we are a non profit organisation and only 4% of the budget consists of General Funds from other sources.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

The initiative is innovative as the technology is eco-friendly, feasible for the hilly areas and cost effective with little recurring expenses that enhances not only water use efficiency for agriculture, but also increased access to water for domestic uses. The solar water pumps are energy efficient and run by farmers themselves. These irrigation systems provide protective irrigation,reduced climate vulnerability of crops and enhanced farmers income through innovative half acre model farms.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

The young boys of Haridaguda village in Hatibari Panchayat of Nandapur Block migrated to far off places after the harvest of rain fed crops. Though, there are two streams in the village, they were not able to utilize for agriculture.They were tortured in work place,did not get proper wages,even instances of boys missing. The Diversion based Irrigation was implemented in the village with the leadership of the young boys supported by Pragati,Koraput. The boys took the lead,formed a Water User Group and contributed labour for the earth work. With water available for irrigation through the pipelines, 34 families in the village now grow crops through out the year with adequate food for consumption and an average earning of INR 50,000/- per annum. They have created a village fund and out of their own savings, now the boys have purchased a van to get their vegetables to the market.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Participated in previous CSV Prize competitions

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 66.7%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 33.3%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 66.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 50%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 66.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 66.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 66.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%


Join the conversation:

Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Solar energy gains breath in India (in great style) that's why i believe you'll succeed. Great job. Go ahead and for anything i'm here to help.

Photo of Michael Ugom

This is a great idea. Water supply to communities is good, Clean water supply is better, sustainable clean water supply is the best.
Great work

Photo of Prabhakar

Dear Michael,
Greetings from Pragati, Koraput. Thanks for your kind words.
With regards,

Photo of Niels Boertje

I like your idea and already implemented work. You are creating value for your beneficairies in a sustainable way. Keep up the good work.
I only have some doubts at this moment regarding the financial sustainability and the scalability of the project.

1) Financial sustainability: being Reliant on grants wakes the sustainability of the program vulnerable.
2) Scalability: this is dependent on the limitations of financial sustainability.

Please have a look at my initiative. We are working towards a hybrid and revolving fund for implementation if village-owned healthy living solutions. Water harvesting management is one promising project under our radar. You have an opportunity to implement your project through a 100% meso loan to the beneficiary community. Your impact is both social and financial sufficient to realize this.
If we can bridge both inititives together, your impact can be scaled and the financial sustainability can be guaranteed.
Let us stay in contact. Perhaps we can partnering in this.

Photo of Prabhakar

Dear Niels,
Greetings from Pragati, Koraput. Thanks for your valuable comments. Pragati, Koraput is a non profit organisation working with the most vulnerable rural house holds having less than 1 ha of rain fed land. Due to lack of irrigation facility and climate change effects, these people are suffering from food insecurity and marginal income.Hence we have demonstrated eco-friendly irrigation systems through grant model with community contribution in kind of labour. In this connection, your ideas regarding the financial sustainability and scalability of the project, it is highly necessary to adopt a grant plus loan model for the benefit of the small and marginal farmers.
We will be happy to have partnership with you for the benefit of the larger group of small and marginal farmers. If you need any further information or clarification,kindly intimate us the details.
With regards,
Prabhakar Adhikari

Photo of Niels Boertje

Dear Prabhakar, thank you for your reply. Interesting to get deeper into loan/grant model for the BotP communities. This will already be a challenge. Let us connect and see for the future.

Best regards,
Niels Boertje