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

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

Need a layered approach to aligning wage employment and crop insurance schemes

A report by the International Institute for Environment and Development makes a case for promoting better alignment between the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS). To do this, the report authored by Steinbach, D et al suggests that “policymakers also need to address structural constraints that limit… Read More Need a layered approach to aligning wage employment and crop insurance schemes

Some basic employment, but a long way to go

As per a recent paper in Development Policy Review, 2017, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), in order to enhance food security and well-being through employment in India, needs to explore longer-term solutions for employment security. An investment of around 5.3 billion dollars which amounts to 0.3 percent of the country’s gross… Read More Some basic employment, but a long way to go

Ahar pynes can help revive agriculture in south Bihar

An in depth account of the indigenous floodwater harvesting system prevalent in South Bihar and the need to undertake its renovation & management. Ahar pynes are traditional floodwater harvesting systems indigenous to South Bihar [1], and have been the most important source of irrigation in this region. Ahars are reservoirs with embankments on three sides… Read More Ahar pynes can help revive agriculture in south Bihar