About Wadi

Wadi is a comprehensive programme for improving living standards of marginalised families in remote areas. Initiated as a small project by BAIF in South Gujarat in the 1980s, Wadi has been expanded and implemented in tribal regions of several Indian states, with support from the German development bank KfW, NABARD, Government of India, and state governments of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Wadi is recognised as an effective model for tribal development.

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As most Wadi plots are on degraded lands, soil and water conservations works are essential for development of orchards. Depending on the rainfall and slope of terrain, different kinds of soil and water conservation works are done in Wadi plots.

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Widely grown in BAIF Wadi plots in Rajasthan, in a semiarid zone, amla or aonla (Emblica offecinalis), known in English as Indian gooseberry, has proved to be a good source of income for poor tribal families.

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Supported by BAIF-DHRUVA, Wadi-owning tribal families in remote villages of South Gujarat have been successfully engaged in cashew production, procurement, processing and marketing for over a decade.

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