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Global Parli

According to the World Bank, India is one of the countries with highest area under rain-fed cultivation. Adverse weather patterns on severely impact the livelihoods of the farming communities. Exacerbating this is the fact that India also faces a severe a water management crisis. There maybe enough water, but it is not managed well. Therefore, areas which are drought-prone but dependent on flood irrigation, require greater capacity building in areas of water management and harvesting while encouraging farmers to shift to drip irrigation.

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Supported by UPL

UPL took on the mantle of supporting the Global Parli project through providing adequate funds and support for administration and program implementation, thereby taking care of one of the most important aspects of the transformation process.

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The Global Parli Project Strategy - Four phases for transformation of rural India

Capacity building undertaken to win over the confidence of the people and make them self-sufficient. The aim was to create a local community that is confident and proactive in bringing about a positive change in their own lives.



students impacted through activities focused on improving quality and access to schools

Improving school infrastructure

  • - building boundary walls
  • - toilet construction
  • - water supply through solar water pumps
  • - water filters for clean drinking water
  • - smokeless chulhas for mid-day meal preparation
  • - Improving quality and access, through e-learning kits, school libraries, personal mentoring, and sports.



people impacted through health camps and associated activities

Health camps and diagnostic care



Empowering SHGs:

  • - Goat rearing
  • - Stitching
  • - Food products
  • - Poultry



Ration Cards distributed for the first time in the cluster of 15 villages

- Distribution of Ration Cards

Clean Energy

Social Reforms


villages are hooch-free and alternative means of livelihoods provided to alcohol shop owners

Tackling Alcoholism

  • - Ban of Illicit Liquor
Clean Energy

Clean Energy

A total of


clean energy installations in 15 villages of Parli

  • - Solar lamps distribution
  • - Solar street lights
  • - Solar water pumps
  • - Smokeless chulhas
Approach to water management focused on recharging ground water, raising awareness, creating surface storage capacity, and capacity building among communities to take proactive measures of water harvesting and conservation

Total Project Cost

One-Third borne by local community,

One-Third by Government, One-Third by UPL and

other Corporate Donors


Increase water input

- 37.5 km of deepening and widening of the Paapnashi River and its tributaries



892 million litres water capacity created


Increase aquifer levels

- Installation of borewell recharge shafts to

Construction and repair of watershed structures:

  • 161 Farm Ponds
  • 5 KT Weir Dams
  • 26 CNB Dams
  • 60 km of Bunds
  • 20.3 km of WAT
  • 414 Soak Pits
  • 2.4 km of Deep CCT


54 Borewells installed along the course of the Paapnashi River

Total surface water storage capacity created: 1.32 billion litres

  • Farm ponds: 686 million litres
  • KT Weir Dams: 450 million litres
  • CNB Dams: 78 million litres
  • Bunds: 61 million litres
  • WAT: 31.9 million litres
  • Soak Pits: 7.6 million litres
  • Deep CCT: 5.7 million litres

The Outcome:

Impact beyond water harvesting

A bigger achievement was the conversion of Global Parli’s water harvesting activities into a people’s movement. The goal was to create as much surface water storage as possible. A community that had been torn apart by the ravages of social strife as well as climatic distress came out in 2018 to work tirelessly for 45 days without any payments. The infectious energy dissolved differences of caste, income, and politics. Young and new leadership emerged and the energy in the villages was perceptive.

The Parli Taluka had been plagued by high farmer suicide rates due to farm distress which was aggravated by successive droughts A systemic as well as systematic approach to raise farmer incomes was followed. Steps to bring large tracts of land under fruit cultivation to not only ensure higher rates of plant survival but also increase farmer incomes through plantation of high value crops were implemented.

Project One Million Fruit Trees

Total project cost: 7 crore rupees including cost of one million saplings and a monetary help of rupees 10,000 per acre. One-third cost of the project or half cost of the saplings borne by farmers registering in the project.



Farmers Impacted through trainings

35 trainings on:

  • Zeba application training with Prashant Mahisekar
  • Plantation and post-plantation care for lemon, moringa, mango, custard apple, papaya, guava
  • Farmer training on sapling selection, fertilizers, and harvesting methods
  • Crop Management and Animal Husbandry
  • Taking soil samples for soil testing

10.9 tonnes

Total Zeba Distributed

2 One in Latur and one in Parli

Total UniMarts set up to increase usage of UPL bio-fertilizers among farmers

Fruit Tree


Total Fruit Tree Plantation


Custard Apple Plantation


Moringa Plantation


Mango Plantation


Pomegranate Plantation


Total Area Under Horticulture


Lemon Plantation


Guava Plantation


Orange Plantation


Farmers Switched to Horticulture


Banana Plantation


Papaya Plantation


Sweet Lime Plantation

On-Ground Stories of Success

On 4th Feb 2019, Sandeep Gitte from Nandagaul, under our One Million Fruit Trees campaign, planted 2.5 acres of Papaya (2200 plants). A month later, he planted an intercropping of watermelon on 1.5 acres of his land to supplement his income and offset the cost of papaya plantation.

Sandeep Gitte Plantation - Crop economics

Sandeep Gitte - Profit earned through Project One Million Fruit Trees

51 kg

Production of Papaya per Tree


Profit of Papaya + Intercrop


Profit of Papaya + Intercrop Per Acre