OUR STORY

CEC was started by a group of academics and activists. Its focus is on areas that drive the adrenalin and creativity of staff and our volunteers. We see ourselves as a small catalytic organization with modest ambition but big on impact. Our work is on mostly on the next genre of ideas, innovations, technologies and field practices.

We have multi-disciplinary skill sets and bring in talent through volunteers and experts. Over the last three decades work spanned from environment education to ecological hotspot services to sustainable development to participatory forestry, improved worker work tools especially women to social protection and natural resources management. Our current focus is on drought-prone areas and host to the bulk of the rural poor and our irrigation innovation is aimed to transform irrigation ideas and practices.

We believe and deliver solutions on water and soil as the foundation to sustainable and resilient farming systems on which farmers build the mezzanine of their choice and individual factor endowments .


MISSION

Next genre of higher water-efficient irrigation technology compared to drip systems and poly house, to develop livelihoods of farmers facing severe and seasonal water shortage and rising heat waves leading to huge loss of their high-value fruit, flower, foods, and forestry crop incomes and productive assets.

We transform irrigation science and farmer practice to address the challenge of scarce water and rising heat waves. We believe the goals of high productivity and farm incomes must provide plan options based farm-level water availability in different seasons with good plant health, growth, fruit yield and climate resilience and to serve as rich host ecosystems to foster soil life vide multiplication of soil micro-organisms.

Our business is moisture where needed by the plant and to foster soil microbes multiplication ecosystems. They syndicate to reduce water use and increase water efficiency for a sustainable increase of farmer incomes and farmer confidence on their livelihood and well while catering to growing demands of the consumer food basket and their health consciousness.


VISION

Our Vision is to unleash human energy and their goodwill for the societal and planetary well being. Water equity has the power for further farmer innovation and we reach out to farmers using harvested and stored rainwater to grow vegetables and fruits using moisture and microbes as the foundation to sustainable livelihood and development of productive natural resources. 

APPROACH

We work in low rainfall drought-prone areas and host to the largest number of poor and high on farmer suicides. Our intervention model is based on decades of our collective experience of rain-fed based farming systems and livelihoods: Water is central to successful farming while groundwater is scarce and in high volatility on availability in seasons and in years. We are witness to thousands of high-value fruit-bearing trees at the peak age of their economic value cut down or dying due to a shortage of water. Many farmers spend huge money to save these trees with fetched water in tankers, only to see them die in the next year. This is despite farmers using the “state of the art” water-efficient drip irrigation systems that come with handsome govt. subsidy. Along with farmers, we defined the utopian “ideal irrigation architecture suited to horticulture and forestry in low rainfall, water scarce areas”. Then we worked together to develop the technology which went through multiple iterations but delivered on every aspect of the criteria laid down in the definition. This system of irrigation is named “System of Water for Agriculture Rejuvenation” (SWAR) and field validated their value in multiple fruit, vegetable, flower and forestry species in different soil types and climatic conditions. Simply put, SWAR is an irrigation system of measured moisture at plant root zone coupled with fostering a regime of soil microbe multiplication and diversity eco-system that drastically reduces plant water need compared to drip while improving soil health and its ability to use the water most efficiently.       

OUR AMAZING TEAM

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SANTANA GOPAL KOMANDUR

Director

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Sashi Kumar

Secretary

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Balaji Utla

Director

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Sadanandam Kandharapu

Implementation

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Preeti Solanki

Acounts and Admin officer

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Ajay Jakkoju

Project Manager

FINANCIAL REPORTS

2016-2017

PARTNERS

CERTIFICATES

  • Registration Certificate
  • 12A Certificate
  • FCRA Certificate