|Evaluation study of western ghats development programme of government of Tamil Nadu||The western ghats region is a treasure house of rich natural resources, flora and fauna with genetic diversity. The foundation gad undertaken evaluation study of the Western Ghats Development Programme involving the three sectors of Soil conservation, Forestry and Horticulture through field visits in the hilly tracts and interviews with officers incharge and beneficieries. The important recommendations made for these sectors are summarized in the report submitted to the state government.|
|Study of the effect of plantation crops area expansion, extent of Soil erosion under different land usages and effective harvest of rainfall on the slopes of western ghats (1987-1990)||The Foundation in this project took up a study on the conditions of areas planted in recent years with coffee, banana and other plantation crops in Palani hills around Kodaikkanal in western ghats with the funds provided by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The important objective of the project was to find out as to how the area expansion affected the soil and environment conditions.
After a long in-depth field study of three years, the foundation has recommended a number of measures for effective soil conservation and water conservation which are the key factors for eco-preservation and eco-development resulting in higher crops yields besides helping reclamation of wastelands.
|MoEF, GoI funded Project of identifying trees and forage cover in steep hill slopes of western ghats for eco-preservation and eco-development (1987)||This study of the foundation in the western ghats to select appropriate tree species, grasses and legumes which could be grown in combination as inter-crops. The foundation after investigating for three years on two selected centres at different altitudes suggested different models combining fodder tree species grasses and legumes, besides suggesting strategies for silvipasture development.
|Project on the study of tree fodder resources in Tamil Nadu in seven drought prone districts (1992-93)||The “Study of Tree Fodder Resources” in Tamil nadu was implemted by the foundation in seven drought prone districts. The tree fodder production available in the districts was assessed for the nutrition value of leaves of three fodder tree species viz. babul, neem and rain treefor small ruminants. The suitable feeding system was developed. While the appropriate field data were collected by the foundation. The 18 months project was funded by society for social forestry research and development, Tamil nadu.|
|Study on training needs for Agriculture Department personnel||An appraisal of the training needs of personnel at different levels in the extension set-up of the department was entrusted to the foundation by the Director of Agriculture. Tamil nadu as part of the Tamil nadu Agriculture Development Programme (TNADP) funded by the world bank.|