Farmers’ perception of hybrid rice in Jharkhand

A study by SPWD indicates that the use of hybrid seeds in rice raises concerns regarding the inputs required and their overall effect on human health, the soil and environment. The study titled ‘Effects of hybridisation on secondary characteristics of rice plants’ assesses the effects of rice hybridization, and its harmful effects on the quality… Read More Farmers’ perception of hybrid rice in Jharkhand

Shifting cultivation under threat

A study by SPWD on ‘Environmental, social and health implications of shifting cultivation’ points to the risk faced by the rich agro-biodiverse systems of the shifting cultivation lands in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The study looked at shifting cultivation practices by two Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in two districts and confirms the distinctiveness of shifting… Read More Shifting cultivation under threat

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

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