Towards more profitable and sustainable farming systems

Archana Mahato, a marginal farmer lives in Pitidri, a small village in Purulia district of West Bengal. The district is listed as ‘drought-hit’ even when the rainfall averages to a little less than 1300 mm an annum. Archana’s household of four, all of who are adults have been primarily engaged in wage labour to make… Read More Towards more profitable and sustainable farming systems

Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse

By: Joe Hill A recent study in Jharkhand showed that farmers are unaware of how to correctly use different chemicals and do not use any protective gear during the process. The deaths and hospitalisation of farmers in Maharashtra raises to the forefront the question of state government culpability for its negligence in regulating the pesticide sector. The… Read More Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse

Why farmers remain uninformed about pesticides and their use

Manufacturers and state governments have done little to inform farmers about approved uses of pesticides and hazards of using illegal ones. The Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC), under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, provides information on approved uses of pesticides, dosages and waiting period of pesticides on its website. But a… Read More Why farmers remain uninformed about pesticides and their use

Environmental benefits accrued by MGNREGA

A recent study in SPWD’s project location in south Rajasthan looks at the environmental benefits accrued by MGNREGA works. MGNREGA, one of the world’s largest acts for employment generation also facilitates generation of sustainable assets for the environment. SPWD’s work in the study area focuses on the environment benefits of MGNREGA and was initiated to… Read More Environmental benefits accrued by MGNREGA

Climate perceptions of rural communities in south Rajasthan

A recent study in SPWD’s project location in south Rajasthan looks at the impact of climate variability on agriculture production, food security and livestock. Smallholder farmers here face a gamut of agricultural production risks, which has got further accentuated because of climate uncertainties that present new risks and vulnerabilities. The study ‘Climate perceptions of households… Read More Climate perceptions of rural communities in south Rajasthan