Aman Singh

Ashoka Fellow
India,
Fellow Since 2004
KRAPAVIS (Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan)

Citation

This profile was prepared when Aman Singh was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Once considered the property of the gods, the Orans—meaning literally the place where land, water, and jungle peacefully cohabitate—were at the center of rural life, a land resource for all to share in equally, and for all to protect under a communally enforced code. Aman Singh is reviving this tradition of shared use and management of village land as a way to stem the tide of rural-urban migration and restore economic stability to livestock-dependant rural communities. Reestablishing the groves will significantly expand the resource base in these areas and give even the most marginalized a means of subsistence and long-term security. Starting in Rajasthan, where some 1,100 Orans cover 100,000 hectares. Aman and his organization, Krishi Avam Paristhitki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS), have been engaging villagers at the local level to restore their Orans and take over management of them, and developing an action plan to change legislation and policy at the state and national level to uphold their right to do so.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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