Appropriate Technology Asia

Our India programme

is currently focussed predominantly in Ladakh and the wider area within Jammu and Kashmir, although we maintain a small presence in Chhattisgarh.


Our country office is based in New Delhi, and our office is comprised of a multi-ethnic staff of 5 people, giving us the linguistic capability we need to work with the wide diversity of ethnic groups found in the Himalayan regions of northern India.


In Ladakh, the population density is low at 2 people per KmĀ² and more than 87% of the population lives in rural areas. The indigenous population comprises several different tribes.


The economy of the region is at a subsistence level and is based on agriculture and cattle rearing. Landholdings are small and much of the land is not arable. Soil quality is poor and water resources are often inadequate, rendering crop productivity very low. Arunachal Pradesh contains a multitude of ethnic minorities.


Globally recognised as a biodiversity hotspot with many rare, endemic flora and fauna, it is also a culturally unique region. This region has tended to be left far behind other parts of the country in terms of economic development, and poverty levels are very high. Again, the economy is primarily agrarian, at a subsistence level The state is characterised by large numbers of underemployed and marginal workers.