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

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

Save and grow in practice: maize, rice, wheat – A guide to sustainable cereal production

Sustainable crop production intensification can help to feed the world while protecting its natural resource, says a new report by FAO. This report by the Food and Agriculture Organization published in early 2016 deals with maize, rice and wheat, the three cereals fundamental to world food security. In most of the developing world, farmers obtain… Read More Save and grow in practice: maize, rice, wheat – A guide to sustainable cereal production

Addressing the water-jobs nexus through coordinated policies – 2016 UN World Water Development Report on ‘Water and Jobs’

Per the 2016 United Nations World Water Development Report ‘Water and Jobs’ launched on World Water Day (22 March, 2016) in Geneva “three out of four of the jobs worldwide are water-dependent. In fact, water shortages and lack of access may limit economic growth in the years to come”. The UN Secretary General in his… Read More Addressing the water-jobs nexus through coordinated policies – 2016 UN World Water Development Report on ‘Water and Jobs’