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2024 Programs of Scale Grant

The 2024 recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s fourth Programs of Scale Grant, Partners for Water Access and Better Harvests, was announced by Barry Rassin, chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees at the International Convention in Singapore. The $2 million grant will help the program increase groundwater tables, extend cultivation areas, and improve the incomes of approximately 60,000 farmers in India by an estimated 25-30%. Partners for Water Access and Better Harvests in India will build rainwater collection systems such as check dams and ponds to increase groundwater tables by 10% to 15% each year in four states. It will also work to reduce soil erosion on about 4,100 hectares (more than 10,000 acres) of land by introducing drip irrigation and planting native species and fruit trees.