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Video March 22, 2019

Irrigating Poor Rainfed Lands in India’s West Bengal

The remote rain-fed western region of West Bengal is one of the poorest in the state. Most farmers belong to disadvantaged tribal communities. With few irrigation facilities, they only manage a single crop of paddy during monsoon rains. However, the lives of many farmers such as Saidul Mollah changed after a World Bank supported project helped build small irrigation facilities. Farmers now harvest two crops each year and are no longer leaving their villages in search of work elsewhere.