In-Situ Water Conservation on One-Hectare Farmland: An Action Research

  • Amar K. J. R. NayakEmail author
  • Tanmay Khuntia
  • Birendra Suna
Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 26)


This chapter narrates the technicality of in-situ water conservation on a one-hectare farm and its impact on its field ecology. It discusses ‘in-situ water conservation’ through rainwater harvesting on a farmer’s field by the use of micro-locks and trenches. Its arguments are based on an action research project where rainwater was conserved by increasing the water-holding capacity of the field through developing a sustainable agriculture system. The amount of water that could be captured by adapting these techniques has improved soil porosity eight times and the water-holding capacity accordingly. In-situ water conservation techniques played a significant role in developing groundwater by capturing rainfall on the farm.


Moisture In-situ water conservation (IWC) Rainwater harvesting (RWH) Trench Micro-locks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amar K. J. R. Nayak
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tanmay Khuntia
    • 2
  • Birendra Suna
    • 3
  1. 1.Strategic Management, University and NABARD Chair Professor, XIMBBhubaneswarIndia
  2. 2.XIMBBhubaneswarIndia
  3. 3.Department of Social Work, NISWASSBhubaneswarIndia

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