The next phase in the growth of the new autonomous organization went a step further to focus more on developing ‘Model Watershed Villages, a concept that went beyond watershed activities in order to mobilize and organize the human and institutional resources in a village for its holistic and sustainable development. It was in this phase that AF actively engaged in strengthening village level watershed institutions like Gram Sabha, Watershed Development Committee (WDC), Village Development Committee (VDC) and linking them with other village level institutions like Grama Panchayath, Water Users Association, Livestock Centres, Schools, Balawadis, Primary Health Centres etc.

AF Ecology Centre was working in about 100 villages with a Model Village Watershed Development approach spread over 15 Mandals of Anantapur District.