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Meghal River Basin Oral Histories, Gujarat India

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The Meghal River Basin Oral History Project is a research project funded by the Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship, a research grant promoting mutual understanding between the people of the US and the people of India. Within India, an official affiliation with the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), support from project advisor Dr. Tushaar Shah with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and also the support of the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) in the field, has been indispensable to the success of this research project. The fieldwork for the project was conducted in January and February of 2012 and the transcriptions and translations from the 18 individual interviews with farmers from villages in the Meghal River Basin were completed in July of 2012.

The project seeks to complement the existing formal technical and socio-economic studies of a groundwater management movement in the Meghal River Basin of Saurashtra, Gujarat with the individual stories and narratives from the farmers living in this region. These oral histories, having been recorded in individual interviews and then transcribed in the original Guajarati script and translated into English, are an additional resource in the effort to improve sustainable water management through river basin management.

 
 
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