Recent press coverage of the India Union Budget 2016/2017 highlights the close alignment of our work to national priorities. The article below provides a good summary. The need for production of non-cereal centric crops, with emphasis on better irrigation management using ponds and groundwater is emphasised. The need for improved water and fertilizer use efficiency and better energy management is stressed. Collective management of dry season irrigation production systems, by marginal communities, the focus of our project, can go a long way to inform future agricultural development needs.