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

Climate change induces farmers migration

A recent study establishes how climate-induced livelihood risk factors are one of the major drivers of farmer’s migration. Published in the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, the study aims to evaluate the link between climate/weather change and farmer migration in Bihar, India. The influence of cognitive conditions and climate-related stress on farmer… Read More Climate change induces farmers migration

Creating enterprises through water structures

SPWD works in some of the most poverty hit regions in the tribal heartland of Jharkhand and West Bengal. It has been working in Purulia for long on agro-ecological innovations that increase natural synergies and reduce external inputs and cost of production. This includes emerging approaches like system of rice intensification, non-pesticide management, and sustainable intensification… Read More Creating enterprises through water structures

Concerns of tribal ministry on draft forest policy

The new National Forest Policy (NFC) 2018 is likely to be finalised this month, as per officials of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). MoEFCC had in March 2018 published a draft of the NFC 2018, sought stakeholder comments and received over 700 public comments as response. The policy intends to promote urban… Read More Concerns of tribal ministry on draft forest policy