Anantapur reels under drought

The drought sweeping across Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh has had an unpleasant outcome with 223 debt-ridden farmers committing suicide in the last two years. Not much has been done by the administration to salvage the situation in this semi-arid water scarce district that got just 284 mm rainfall. Its sloppy approach on drought relief even after…

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…

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…

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…