Phad irrigation systems help mitigate risk of crop failure in drought prone Vidarbha

Communities have across diverse ecological and sociopolitical contexts devised myriad ways over time to harvest and manage water in order to sustain their lives and practice agriculture. Many of these systems (1) continue to function and are often more sustainable, cost-effective and successfully managed by local institutions. Phads are one such community-based and managed diversion irrigation management system… Read More Phad irrigation systems help mitigate risk of crop failure in drought prone Vidarbha

Delhi declaration on agrobiodiversity management

The first International Agrobiodiversity Congress held in New Delhi, India, from 6 to 9 November, 2016 was attended by over 900 participants from 60 countries. Delegates discussed various aspects of conservation, management, access and use of agrobiodiversity in 16 technical sessions, four satellite sessions, a genebank roundtable, a public forum, a farmers’ forum and poster… Read More Delhi declaration on agrobiodiversity management

Strategies for managing droughts: Background note for a Seminar

Immediate context: Year 2015-16 drought Per official data[i] (Central Government’s submission before Supreme Court) till April 19, 2016 a quarter of India’s population (33 crores people in 2,55,923 villages, 254 districts, 10 states) was drought[ii] hit. The Supreme Court Bench was hearing a petition filed by Swaraj Abhiyan, which stated that not enough attention is… Read More Strategies for managing droughts: Background note for a Seminar

Mapping of household vulnerability and identification of adaptation strategies in dryland systems of South Asia

This report by ICRISAT as a part of CGIAR Consortium Research Program on Dryland Systems deals with the way in which low amount and high variability of rainfall in South Asian dryland production systems have affected the livelihood of small and marginal households. A marginal change in the climate could challenge the livelihood resilience of… Read More Mapping of household vulnerability and identification of adaptation strategies in dryland systems of South Asia

Making smallholder farming sustainably viable: Workshop report

A workshop on ‘Making smallholder farming sustainably viable’ was jointly held by Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD) and National Bank for Research and Development (NABARD) from 24th – 25th February, 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The workshop dedicated to the memory of Late Lovraj Kumar, Former Chairman of SPWD, brought together… Read More Making smallholder farming sustainably viable: Workshop report

Making smallholder farming sustainably viable – A background note

In India a large proportion of farm land is with small holders.  The small holders eke out their livelihood by cultivating their small holdings, rearing livestock utilizing common lands and common water resources, in conjunction with income from tree produce and from wage labour. Even though productivity of small holdings is more in comparison to… Read More Making smallholder farming sustainably viable – A background note