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  • This paper documents one of the unique microcredit projects of UNICEF in three blocks of Erode district in Tamil Nadu. MYRADA, an NGO, has supported the formation of federations that use the fund from UNICEF not as a grant but as a revolving fund for constructing toilets in the houses of the federat...
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  • The first step to sustainable agriculture is soil and water conservation. Drylands are more prone to erosion since they are devoid of vegetative cover for longer periods of time.  KVK, based on its experiences in participatory integrated watershed programme in Bagur hills where it had construc...
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  • "Growing garbage menace ups nitrate content in lakes", said a recent headline in the Deccan Herald that highlighted a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on illegal dumping sites situated near water bodies in Bangalore. The Energy and Wetland Research Group (EWRG) and Cent...
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  • "Swaraj is a meaningless term, if we desire to keep a fifth of India under perpetual subjection, and deliberately deny to them the fruits of national culture". - Mahatma GandhiKiran from Bahurasa in Madhya Pradesh has been the sole bread winner for her family since her husband is a drunkard. She get...
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  • Biodiversity information management using informatics techniques began in 1970s and since then there have been several initiatives by taxonomists, researchers and curators across the world.On 19 and 20 January 2013, the city of Bangalore hosted researchers in biodiversity informatics, taxonomists, h...
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A unique microcredit project funded by UNICEF in Erode, Tamil Nadu in which members of self-help groups borrow money from their federation to build toilets in their homes.

This paper documents one of the unique microcredit projects of UNICEF in three blocks of Erode district in Tamil Nadu. MYRADA, an NGO, has supported the formation of federations that use the fund from UNICEF not as a grant but as a revolving fund for constructing toilets in the houses of the federation members. 

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This booklet by MYRADA- KVK describes some of the commonly erected watershed structures.

The first step to sustainable agriculture is soil and water conservation. Drylands are more prone to erosion since they are devoid of vegetative cover for longer periods of time. 

KVK, based on its experiences in participatory integrated watershed programme in Bagur hills where it had constructed some watershed structures here and there, has brought out this booklet. This is an attempt to describe some of those commonly erected watershed structures. 

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Garbage dumping in lakes has upped nitrate levels and also caused a decline in groundwater quality. While urbanisation is the main cause, civic agencies failure and citizens apathy are also to blame.

"Growing garbage menace ups nitrate content in lakes", said a recent headline in the Deccan Herald that highlighted a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on illegal dumping sites situated near water bodies in Bangalore.

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Manual scavenging continues to exist in India even 67 years after Independence. Is it due to the lack of laws, lack of alternatives or lack of will?

"Swaraj is a meaningless term, if we desire to keep a fifth of India under perpetual subjection, and deliberately deny to them the fruits of national culture". - Mahatma Gandhi


Kiran from Bahurasa in Madhya Pradesh has been the sole bread winner for her family since her husband is a drunkard. She gets Rs. 5-8 per month per house for clearing the toilet waste. She also gets some leftover food everyday and some old clothes to wear. Nothing about this story is surprising as the life of other manual scavengers is just the same.

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Prarthana Vishal writes of a recent workshop in Bangalore that highlighted the initiatives by the government and research community to map India's biodiversity resources

Biodiversity information management using informatics techniques began in 1970s and since then there have been several initiatives by taxonomists, researchers and curators across the world.

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