By Dr. Marcella D’Souza The Problem Day after day, news papers in Maharashtra highlight the water crisis: “In Marathwada, dead insects fill the little water that’s left”; “As crops & jobs dry up, children’s education hit the worst”; “Drought induces up to 30% migration in some Marathwada villages”; “No takers for cattle in Beed, even at […]

By Shreya Banerjee & Anuradha Phadtare Over the last couple of decades, there has been a rapid and large scale shift in rural land use patterns in many parts of the world. For instance, uncultivable or cultivable waste land has been brought under cultivation, and agriculture land is gradually getting urbanized with an increasing amount […]

By Elvira Greiner If you skim through the current media reports in India, you get the impression that the economy is on an upward trajectory . If you look more closely however, you will notice the other side of the upswing: three quarters of the Indian population does not benefit in a major way from […]

By Sarojini Devi Boominathan Since 1997, World Wetlands Day has been celebrated every year on February 2 to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands for the planet. It is significant that over 1 billion people globally depend on wetlands for their livelihoods. Wetlands have crucial linkages in watershed management as they play a role […]

By Jyothirmayee Kandula Climate change has become one of the world’s most pressing challenges, with wide ranging implications for every aspect of life. In particular, the agriculture sector is likely to be severely affected by climate change. There are both direct and indirect effects of climate change on agriculture, according to the United Nations’ Food and […]

By Team W-CReS, Vikas Prakash Joshi and Geetanjali Prasad The word ‘Research’ can be broadly defined as the “creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings”. [1] Another definition of research is the ‘systematic investigation into and study […]

By Sarita Chemburkar Agriculture is the main source of livelihoods for around 6 out of 10 people in India, and groundwater has played a key role in providing water for agriculture, especially post the Green Revolution in the 1970s. At a global level, India is today the world’s largest groundwater user, consuming an approximately 260 […]

Much at stake for developing countries like India at COP24 By Arjuna Srinidhi It’s that time of the year again, when world leaders, experts, activists and representatives from affected communities gather to negotiate the best way to tackle climate change.  There is so much at stake – lives, livelihoods, industrial growth, economies of countries and […]

By Geetanjali Prasad Sanitary napkins are a boon for millions of women in today’s world, but they can also be a nightmare for the environment if not disposed in an eco-friendly way.  Since most women do not know how to dispose them in this way, the used sanitary napkins invariably get thrown out with the […]

By Vikas Prakash Joshi & Arjuna Srinidhi According to some statistics, 68% of India’s land is prone to drought, 60% to earthquakes, 12% to floods and 8% to cyclones, making India one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. [1] The incidence of such natural disasters is also on the rise in India, as a […]