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Simple ways to achieve water sufficiency
Fresh water found on land has only two primary sources - melting of ice, and rain. Harvesting rain is crucial for sustaining both the surface and sub-soil water sources.
Seetha  posted 3 years 4 months ago
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Ancient engineering marvels of Tamil Nadu
South India has a rich tradition of tanks with the three southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh contributing to close to 92% of the total irrigation by tanks in the 1970s. Two decades later, this number dwindled to close to 53%. A decade after that, in 2001, the total contribution of tank irrigation in all of India was estimated to be just around 5.18%.
Seetha  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Catch water when it falls

Seetha  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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When it rains, it stores!

Seetha  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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Water warriors of Chennai

Seetha  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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An 'Umbrella' for sustainable growth
The dependence on natural resources is ever increasing, and so is the need to manage it better. Rural communities are relatively more dependent on crucial natural resources such as land, water and forest, the exploitation of which directly affects their livelihood.
Seetha  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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It takes more than money to make a difference
Tamilnadu has a rich tradition of tank management at the village level. Every village had one or more irrigation tanks, locally known as ‘kanmais’ or ‘eris’, and a drinking water tank called ‘ooranis’. This system worked for centuries with the support of residents and the local administration.
Seetha  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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Managing tanks - a bottom-up approach
Our day-to-day dependence on fresh water is tremendous, whether for domestic or agricultural use. Theoretically, we know that it is a finite resource and that it can't be taken for granted but in practice, we do. India has an average rainfall of around 1150 mm but lets out nearly 1263 billion cubic metres of water into the sea unutilized. 
Seetha  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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Interventions of a voluntary agency: The MYRADA experience
MYRADA has been working on watershed development projects since 1984-85. Through its efforts it had developed a climate of trust and confidence at the field level. Peoples' institutions have emerged and stabilised at various degrees of successes because of these efforts. 
Seetha  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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People's institutions managing natural resources in the context of a watershed strategy - A paper by MYRADA
This paper attempts to analyse the impact of several government guidelines related to watershed management on the People's institutions that have emerged in watershed programmes where NGOs have a role. 
Seetha  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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Integrated Farm Development: A user guide
Integrated Farm Development (IFD) is an innovative concept in farming where various resources (farm waste) are integrated and utilised in order to reap maximum benefits. 
Seetha  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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A farmer's bonus

Seetha  posted 3 years 8 months ago
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Yet another lake becomes a dump in Chennai
Chennai has witnessed phenomenal growth in the past few years. The city has rapidly expanded thanks to the growth in software and manufacturing industries. The mushrooming real estate market has changed cityscapes; apartment complexes have steadily replaced individual houses across the city. The per square foot cost of plots in Chennai suburbs like Velachery and Tambaram defy imagination.
Seetha  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Chennai's disappearing 'Kazhiveli'
The term wetland is a bit difficult to understand. Is it land or water or land that is wet? It is likely this difficulty in comprehending the term that has led to the sad state of affairs for most wetlands in the country today.
Seetha  posted 4 years 1 week ago
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Go organic and triple your profits
Kalaivani, a single mother of three, took to farming after the loss of her husband almost two decades ago. Since then, she has grown all the crops on her farm without using chemical or synthetic pesticides or fertilisers. Over the last few years, she has focused her time and energy in growing organic cotton. 
Seetha  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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An organic manure factory for Rs. 800 only
Nitrogen and phosphorus are essential for plant growth – that is common knowledge for farmers. Cow dung contains nitrogen – that is also common knowledge for farmers. Then why is it that many farmers look for costly solutions rather than use the abundant cow dung they have in their farms as manure? Luckily, one farmer did think of this.
Seetha  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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Wonder women of many Tamil Nadu villages - Water and Sanitation Promoters
Sanitation is a familiar term but is often misunderstood to mean the building and using of toilets but this isn’t true. It covers a whole range of thought and action both pre and post latrine use, which includes cleanliness, personal hygiene and the safe disposal of the urine and faeces.
Seetha  posted 4 years 3 months ago
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Cool off at Kuruvadweep island
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Seetha  posted 4 years 3 months ago
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Contemporary art exhibition focussed on water to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha between the 22nd and 28th of March 2013 in commemoration of world water day
Contemporary art exhibition focussed on water to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha between the 22nd and 28th of March 2013 in commemoration of world water day
Seetha  posted 4 years 6 months ago
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RRA Network offers internships, fellowships and research opportunities in the field of rainfed agriculture - Apply by April 15, 2013
Offered by Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Network (RRA Network) About RRA Network The Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Network (RRA Network) is a growing network of civil society organizations, research institutions, policy-makers, donor agencies and individual researchers and practitioners in India. It advocates that the very nature of rainfed agriculture (including livestock and fisheries) necessitates the adoption of a set of differentiated policies, and that substantial public investment in this new framework will contribute to the development of sustainable and equitable production systems and exchange relations essential for revitalising rainfed agriculture.
Seetha  posted 4 years 6 months ago

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