Category Field Notes
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 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 […]
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 On the occasion of World Honeybee Day, celebrated every year on the third Saturday of August, it is significant to note that India is today the world’s sixth largest producer of honey. (1) Over 2.5 lakh farmers in India are involved in beekeeping or ‘apiculture’ as a business, as per the […]
By Vikas Prakash Joshi Organic agriculture is generally considered a more sustainable and eco- friendly approach to agriculture than conventional chemical-based farming practices. Organic practices generally do not rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides which leach the soil of nutrients, and are less expensive. At the national and state level, there have been a number […]
With the aim of “co-production of knowledge and learning to stimulate behavioral and institutional change, towards the management of water at village level” workshops were conducted in each GP and their hamlets.he key objectives of the workshop were to understand the following points: a) What is a Water Budget and how a village water budget is calculated?
(b) How to arrive at values for “Water Deficit” and “Water Surplus” at village level?
(c) The need for planning crop production around the water availability and
(d) To understand water wastage due to mismanagement and / or lack of knowledge.