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

Rice farms are not climate-smart, says study

Agriculture along with land use change, is an important source of climate change, and contributes to 31 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, mostly in developing countries. BMZ-GIZ program on ‘Soil protection and rehabilitation for food security’ as part of Germany’s special initiative “One world – no hunger” has been pushing the climate-smart agriculture… Read More Rice farms are not climate-smart, says study

Flood forecasting full of lapses, says CAG report

In a scathing report, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed major problems in the execution of flood management programmes in India. The report titled Schemes for flood control and flood forecasting submitted in July 2017 highlights that flood management was not taken up in an integrated manner, i.e., covering the entire river or… Read More Flood forecasting full of lapses, says CAG report

Indian scientists say don’t blame nitrogen fertilizer for global warming

In a twist to climate change debate, Indian scientists have shown that there is a need to take into account cooling effects of nitrogen used in agriculture while assessing its overall ‘temperature change potential’ and not just its warming effect. In a recent study published in journal Scientific Reports, scientists have reported that net global… Read More Indian scientists say don’t blame nitrogen fertilizer for global warming

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