An Overview Of Our Solution
- Population Impacted
- Continent: Asia
Size of agricultural area
Describe your solution
Describe your implementation
What is the environmental or ecological challenge you are targeting with your solution?
Describe the context in which you are operating
“Durdih” village, Lakhisarai district, Bihar(India)has a total population of 2203 which is directly or indirectly dependent on farming. Durdih is extremely arid, there is minimal tree cover, the soil is hard and cracked in summer. Temperatures are soaring (above 40°C for several months in the year). There is a lack of water, and the use of pesticides is indiscriminate rendering soils toxic. The soil is dark absorbing almost all solar heat. This is extremely destructive during the hot, dry and fallow months of April and May! DARK bare soils for 4 months of the year are radiating huge amounts of heat impacting local climate and the water problem negatively.The collection of firewood has over time depleted the area of and has increased the drought, elevated temperatures and altered the rainfall pattern in the area. In May, at midday, soil temperatures were measured to be between 45°C on cloudy days and 68°C on sunny days. No soil organisms can live in these conditions. This soil goes through a fallow dry cycle every year, thereby killing soil life and getting increasingly salty. Large fallow areas releasing such heat, influences ambient temperatures and perhaps tips the conditions over to drought. In summer, water is scarce. Wells are nearly dry. Water from borewells is used for household needs. Irrigation is a huge problem.
How did you impact natural resource use and greenhouse gas emissions?
It will initially require money raised through grants. However post implementation and initial cropping seasons, It will become self-sustainable as farmers can invest their extra income in co-operatives and start direct marketing of organic produce.