Category Field Notes

FarmPrecise: ‘Precisely’ what our farmers want, now in an app

In the aftermath of COVID-19, the FarmPrecise app is a boon for Maharashtra’s rural communities involved in agriculture   By Vikas Prakash Joshi The classic 1987 movie, Graduate has a timeless scene where Benjamin Braddock, a young man just graduated from college, is advised to go into ‘plastics’, as that’s where the future lies. If […]

Creating awareness and dispelling myths about COVID-19 in rural Madhya Pradesh

WOTR has organised 156 awareness sessions as of April 22 in 89 Madhya Pradesh villages, spread across six districts, reaching out to 32,100 people By Vikas Prakash Joshi The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed  chaos and upheaval across the world, adversely impacting economies, lifestyles and livelihoods, especially in emerging economies like India. As of May 5, […]

The concepts of Virtual Water and Water Footprint: How much water do we consume directly and indirectly?

By Dr. Eshwer Kale The world is today facing an unprecedented water crisis, both in access and availability. Cape Town in South Africa reached ‘day zero’ water status in 2018. India, according to the NITI Aayog, is facing the worst water crisis in its history, with an estimated 600 million people having to deal with […]

ODK: A KEY TOOL IN WOTR’S TRANSITION FROM PAPER TO TECH-BASED DATA COLLECTION

By Nikhil Nikam In the last 20 years, the lifestyles of people the world over have been transformed with the widespread adoption of smartphones. From food to transport to the latest news, from e-commerce to healthcare, smartphones are now an indispensable tool of modern life. We are, in fact, dependent on our phones for a […]

The case of the ‘Dabra Dabris’ of Madhya Pradesh

By Apoorva Nandwana* Madhya Pradesh is called ‘The Heart of India’—the tagline is based on the state’s location  and was popularized by the state’s tourism board.  The campaign made me keen to visit the state, for the last many years. I was therefore extremely fortunate that during my internship with the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) […]

Collaborative action necessary to achieve ‘Water for Sustainable Development’

By Rahul Dev The United Nations marks the decade starting with World Water Day i.e. March 22, 2018, as the International Decade for Action – “Water for Sustainable Development”. [1]  This decision has been taken in the wake of increasing pressure on water resources and ecosystems worldwide. It clearly brings out the importance of recognizing the […]

Group Micro-Irrigation-A step in avoiding the tragedy of commons

By Arpan Golechha Water is amongst the most important ecosystem service, especially so in the semi-arid regions in India. The village of Tigalkheda lies in the Jalna district of Maharashtra, characterized by recurrent droughts and dry spells. At the edge of the village, 14 farmers have pooled in their water resources to combat these climate […]

Farm ponds in the semi-arid areas of Maharashtra: a case study

By Ankita Yadav It is widely known that the state of Maharashtra, for the last many years, has frequently faced drought and drought-like conditions.  To deal with this challenge,  a number of policies and interventions have been implemented by State and Union government bodies while various coping mechanisms are being adopted at the local level. One […]

Watering Concrete or Concreting Water?

By Nitesh Rikame Pune is the second-largest city in Maharashtra and the ninth largest city in India, with a population of 64.5 lakh people. Pune ranked first in the Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking 2019 as the best city to live in India. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country. […]

Economics of land degradation: the significance of India’s new environment targets

By Arjuna Srinidhi* I New Delhi, June 17, 2019 On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD 2019), India elaborated on its plans for managing its natural resources, undertaking sustainable land management and combating droughts.  The highlighted actions are expected to help India meets its overall target of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by […]