Declining groundwater not due to power subsidy, says study

A study by Prayas, a Pune based NGO on ‘Understanding the electricity, water and agriculture linkages’ points that electricity based groundwater irrigation has been wrongly held responsible for groundwater depletion. The issue needs to be analysed in an integrated manner, because of the inextricable linkages between agricultural electricity supply and groundwater, food production and farmer… Read More Declining groundwater not due to power subsidy, says study

India gets its first soil moisture map

India has developed a country-wide soil moisture forecast at seven and 30-day lead times recently. This was done following a joint exercise by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar and the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The product, termed as ‘Experimental Forecasts Land Surface Products’, is available on the IMD website. IMD has provided this information… Read More India gets its first soil moisture map

Climate smart agriculture and food security

Assurance of social security in food security oriented interventions is a great challenge in agricultural development and sustainable intensification. Development practitioners, researchers, and policy makers alike could benefit from prior insight into what interventions or environmental shocks might differentially affect farmers’ food security status, in order to move towards more informed and equitable development. A… Read More Climate smart agriculture and food security

Forest Rights Act and Protected Areas: Understanding status and issues

The Forest Rights Act 2006 came in response to the necessity of recognition of rights of communities living in and around the forest and dependent on them in one way or the other. The study conducted by SPWD in three districts of Rajasthan assessed the progress of Forest Rights Act in and around protected areas.… Read More Forest Rights Act and Protected Areas: Understanding status and issues

Livelihoods and financial landscape – a survey by NABARD

The All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey (NAFIS) 2016-17, released in August, 2018 by NABARD has revealed 40 percent higher income levels in agricultural households during a three year period ending 2015-16 as compared with the estimates by NSSO Situation Assessment Survey, 70th round for the year 2012-13. The rural financial landscape is ever changing and… Read More Livelihoods and financial landscape – a survey by NABARD

Three-fifth of Indian districts not prepared for droughts, says IIT study

A study by the Indian Institutes of Technology at Indore (IIT-I) and Guwahati (IIT-G) has come up with startling revelations on drought in India. Just 241 of the 634 districts, or a little less than 40 percent of Indian districts are resilient to droughts, as per the study which developed a high resolution ecosystem resilience… Read More Three-fifth of Indian districts not prepared for droughts, says IIT study