Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN)

WASSAN (Watershed Support Services and Activities Network) is a network based organisation focusing on capacity building, policy advocacy and improving the quality of mainstream programs in natural resources management and livelihoods. It has provided support services to watershed development and other programs in 10 states in the country. WASSAN made important advancements on policy and programs on rain-fed agriculture in the country. It has been part of 32 committees including working groups in 11th and 12th five year plan and developed 10 point formula for re-configuring public investment for rain fed areas. It has played a major role in conceptualization and evolution of national networks such as Rain fed Livestock Network, Revitalizing Rain fed Agriculture, NPM initiative and SRI-India consortium.

In Odisha, WASSAN is partnering with Department of Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment, Odisha to revive millets in 7 districts of Odisha and promotion of integrated farming through area approach in 40 panchayats of Malkangiri District. WASSAN is also partnering with ST SC Department on backyard poultry in 8 districts.