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Amphan’s impact on farming and livelihood in Sunderbans
The Amphan cyclone has disfigured the lives of people living in the Sundarbans. Houses have been torn apart, farms have been filled with brackish water making the land unsuitable for farming and betel leaves have been destroyed. People in the Sundarbans are in a life-threatening situation with makeshift shacks to live in and no means to earn a living.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 days 14 hours ago

Banking on rainwater harvesting
National Water Mission’s (NWM) has launched a campaign ‘Catch the rain’ on a pan India basis to nudge the states and stakeholders to create appropriate rainwater harvesting structures (RWHS) suitable to the climatic conditions and sub-soil strata before the onset of monsoon.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 days 21 hours ago

Understanding Atal Bhujal Yojana through the program guidelines
Groundwater fulfills the drinking water requirements of nearly 85% and 50% of the rural and urban Indian population, respectively. 65% of the total irrigated area utilizes groundwater. It also caters to the water needs of the industrial sector in India.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 days 16 hours ago

Interspecies love in a flood-ravaged Assam village
Salmora in Majuli river island in Assam is not any ordinary village. Located on the southeastern corner of the island, surrounded by the mighty Brahmaputra on three sides, this village is remarkable in many ways.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 days 16 hours ago

India-UK team tackles antimicrobial resistance spread in waterways
An estimated 58,000 babies die in India every year from superbug infections passed on from their mothers, whilst drug-resistant pathogens cause between 28,000 to 38,000 extra deaths in the European Union every year.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 6 days 20 hours ago

Migration and the state amid the Covid-19 pandemic
Through no fault of their own, migrants were forced to leave the cities after the government imposed a Covid-19 induced national lockdown in late March. After losing their work, fearing they would run out of cash and food they trudged back along with their families to the villages in search of humanity, food, and a place to live.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 week 14 hours ago

A third of world’s children poisoned by lead: UNICEF
Around 1 in 3 children – up to 800 million globally – have blood lead levels at or above 5 micrograms per decilitre (µg/dL), a level that the World Health Organization and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated requires global and regional interventions.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 week 1 day ago

Market linkage could ensure higher returns for farm produce
A recent national study on farmer producer’s organisations (FPOs) supported by Tata Trusts investigates gaps looming in business transactions between FPOs and market players and recommends interventions to bridge these.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 week 3 days ago

Money, migration and missing capital: The case of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand’s rural areas are marked by massive outflux of people and it is believed that rural migration may alter the state’s political geography.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

NREGA tracker looks at the schemes’ performance
As per the findings of an NREGA tracker launched by the People’s Action for Employment Guarantee (PAEG) the lockdown saw a record spike in jobs under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Harnessing demographic dividend amidst the Covid-19 pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic has amplified the challenges to the youth as regards employment opportunities. The policy steps taken by the government have led to a slowdown in economic activities, leading to loss of jobs and mass unemployment.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

Creating an Atma Nirbhar Bharat amid the Covid-19 pandemic
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), about 63 countries across the globe have prepared National Development Framework or National Employment Policy (NEP) to decide the roadmap for employment generation mainly after the global financial crisis, 2008.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Private sector engagement for scaling up small water enterprises
Understanding the drivers and key risks for the private sector is of critical importance in their engagement in owning, operating, and managing safe water supply through small water enterprises.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Reinventing waste management during Covid-19
India stares at a Covid-19 induced waste management crisis and there is a need to strengthen waste management services. An important sanitary barrier to prevent the dissemination of illnesses and diseases, waste management’s impact on the world’s healthcare systems, and the economy are significant.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 3 days ago

Bhuj cattle rearers face the heat of lockdown
Akbarbhai (35), a Maldhari (semi-nomadic cattle herder) is struggling to survive as the lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus has hit demand of dairy products badly and led to prices crashing in Bhuj. He lives in Gandhinagari, an informal settlement in Bhuj that is home to around 30 cattle herders. His joint family of 15 members includes his two brothers and three sisters.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 5 days ago

Surviving in uncertainty
Uncertainty - the pervasive feeling that all of us have been living with from the middle of March 2020. It's the same in our partner villages in Odisha and Jharkhand. Communities we work with have been facing and overcoming uncertainties all through their lives. But this time, the crisis has put unusual stress on their abilities to cope.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 6 days ago

Covid-19 and floods: A double whammy for Assam
It is an annual episode that plays itself out. Assam is, once again, reeling under flood – loss of human and animal life, severe damage to agricultural crops, property, millions of people displaced from their homes, absence of flood preparedness or early warning systems, delayed relief action by the government and the silent apathy of the mainstream media.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 1 week ago

Dharavi: From a dreaded hotspot to a model to be emulated
When the first positive case of Covid-19 was reported from Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, known for its narrow lanes and compact housing, a sense of panic gripped the nation. And the fear and panic were not unreasonable given the extraordinary characteristics of this slum.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 1 week ago

Catering to the aspirations of frontline workers to ensure water security for rural India
The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced the need to create jobs locally. This intersects with the water sector's need for local management. How do we create meaningful opportunities to address the aspirations of the local talent pool and make them discoverable?
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 1 week ago

A reflection on multi-faceted droughts in Bundelkhand region
Drought conditions are not new to Bundelkhand. The acute situation now is a convergence of three types of droughts – meteorological, agricultural and hydrological - cumulatively coinciding as witnessed in Nunagar village in Panna district, Madhya Pradesh. We saw hundreds of vessels queuing up at the panchayat well.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 1 week ago