Nationally Executed Partnership project between BIRDS and FAO of the UN
Bharathi Integrated Rural Development Society

Center for Applied Research and Extension

Collective Activity for Rejuvenation of Village Arts and Environment

Development Initiatives and People

Gram Vikas Samstha


Society for Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Ecology

Social Awareness for Integrated Development

Star Youth Association

Priyum Advisiory and Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd.

World Education


Terminal report of the BIRDS-APFAMGS Project now available to download


The 55 page Evaluation Report of the Andhra Pradesh Farmer Managed Groundwater Systems project is now available to download. Please note that the project has now concluded.
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Senior Journalist from The Economist Magazine, London had visited BIRDS-APFAMGS Project


A senior journalist from The Economist magazine, London had visited BIRDS-APFAMGS Project and is to cover the same in May issue this year. his response.
I really enjoyed our time together in Andhra Pradesh, both at BIRDS and on the way to Hyderabad. It was kind of you to take such trouble to make sure my visit went well, and to answer all my questions. I really appreciated your making a special journey on my behalf. As you know, I was hugely impressed by everything I saw. It's a great project and I hope that it flourishes, and its message spreads. It deserves to be very influential


The Honorable Speaker of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and 15 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) visited BIRDS-APFAMGS Project sites


As part of Knowledge Partnership between The United Nations and the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan, the Honorable Speaker of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Shri Deependra Singh Shekhawat ji heading a delegation of 15 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of Rajasthan visited APFAMGS project sites in Kalwakatta village of Bhaskarrao Kunta Hydrological Unit in Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh, India during 13-14 September 2009. The local NGO partner of Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations, Social Awareness for Integrated Development (SAID), Miryalaguda facilitated the visit in partnership with Bharathi Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS).         
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Presentation to the Parliamentary Forum
for Water on 24 February 2009
FAO is invited to present before the  Parliamentary Forum for Water on the methodology and achievements  of APFAMGS project on 24 Feb 2009 from 15.30 - 17.30hrs.  The opportunity to make the presentation  came about after the success of the APFAMGS concept of Demand Side Groundwater Management with the participation of the community came to be acknowledged by the State Government as well as International Agencies. The presentation will be for >20mins and the discussion will be for more than an hour. The parliamentary forum on water has distinguished parliamentarians who have handled water issues for the last few decades.more....

Government of Maharashtra - Water Supply & Sanitation Department, Jalswarajya Project, officers and community leaders were trained on the concept of Demand Side
Groundwater Management.
The training was carried out at BIRDS International Learning Centre Muthyalapadu, Chagalamarri Mandal, Kunrnool District (A.P) on 25th and  26th  followed by one day at Hyderabad on 28th Feb 2009.

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The APFAMGS Project is now closed. For enquiries on the project, please contact:


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Nandyal (RS) 518502, Kurnool (Dist) AP, India
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Training programme on
Demand Side Groundwater Management (DSGM) to the Official of Government of Tamil Nadu

The Irrigated Agriculture Modernization and Water Resources Management (IAMWARM) project involved with irrigated agriculture modernization and integrated water resources management to improve the productivity of water in Tamil Nadu sent 32 Engineers for training on Demand Side Water Management from 16 to 18 Feb 2009. The training was conducted in Horsley Hills near  Madanapalli, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh by Gram Vikas Samastha ( Partner NGO )  implementing the APFAMGS project.
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Presentation to Kathy Sierra, Vice President of the SD network- World Bank



Kathy Sierra, Vice President of the SD network- World Bank was given a presentation by the APFAMGS project on 9th Feb 2009 in Secretariat in Hyderabad along with other World Bank programmes -AP Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Project, AP Urban Services Project, AP Irrigation and Water Sector, AP Tanks, AP Community Forest Management, AP Drought Adaptation Initiative . being implemented by Andhra Pradesh government. The presentation was well received and Kathy informed the government of AP that APFAMGS being implemented by a UN agency FAO is a only one of its kind demonstrating success in the Groundwater Sector and that the World Bank is closely co-coordinating with FAO in picking the success for incorporating in other WB programmes.


Training programme on
Demand Side Groundwater Management (DSGM)
to the GW Department of Andhra Pradesh


APFAMGS conducted a 3 day training to the Officers of Andhra Pradesh State Groundwater Department from 10th to 12th Dec 2008 at Muthyalapadu International Training Campus in Kurnool District. The training was attended by 27 officers. Detailed report on the training with list of participants, session wise notes, field visits and the participants feed back is prepared for use by the Department.
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Stakeholders Workshop
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in India commissioned a mission to evolve a Medium Sized Project (MSP) proposal for Global Environment Facility (GEF) funding. The Mission has put together initial few thoughts and framework of the project.  more.....
World Food Day 2008 Celebrations
Achievement of local Food Security and nutritional health has been a target that APFAMGS project has been focusing while improving water use efficiency. As part of this objective all the Hydrological Unit Networks (HUNís) have been observing World food Day on 16th October year after year.                                  more.....
APFAMGS participates in Exhibition organized by CRIDA
APFAMGS project represented by SAID participated in the exhibition conducted by CRIDA on 30 September 2008 at Gungal. A stall was put up with models, charts and field samples. Farmers from the project explained to the visiting farmers drawn from Ranga Reddy, Mahaboobnagar and Nalgonda district.       Photo Gallery
Last Update:28 Oct 2009
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Crop Water Budgeting 2008-2009
Crop Water budgeting (CWB) was carried out in 63 HUís as part of FWS coinciding with Rabi cropping season.
Crop Water Budgeting 2007-2008
As part of this process the facilitation was largely done by farmers using various models,                              more...

Demand Side Management of Groundwater (DSMG)

Demand Side Management of Groundwater (DSMG)


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