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

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

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

ज्ञानार्जन से जीविकोपार्जन

ज्ञान का मार्ग सदा ही सफलता की कुंजी है | इस पथ पर चलने वाले को भले ही कभी ठोकर खानी पड़े, परन्तु कभी हार का सामना नहीं करना पड़ता | इसको ही मूल मंत्र बनाकर महज 25 साल के बिरेन्द्र महतो ने अपना मार्ग खेती की ओर प्रशस्त किया है | स्थानीय संस्थान से… Read More ज्ञानार्जन से जीविकोपार्जन

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

Water to every farm? – Emulate Madhya Pradesh’s irrigation reform

IWMI Tata’s Water Policy Research Highlight (01) for 2016 by Tushaar Shah, Gourav Mishra, Pankaj Kela and Pennan Chinnasamy deals with how Madhya Pradesh focused on two low hanging fruits to multiply the state’s irrigated area quickly, at small incremental cost, delivering double-digit agricultural growth. What are those reform strategies that the rest of India… Read More Water to every farm? – Emulate Madhya Pradesh’s irrigation reform