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Local weather stations greatly improve local crop production
“In gram crops to control gram-pod borers, use pheromone traps”. While a statement like that most likely won't make sense to average people, it does to the farming community in the Sangamner taluka of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. They have been trained to make sense of the agro-advisory provided by Vasundhara Sewaks.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 5 months ago
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Well revival effort sees many other benefits
The name of a place can tell one much about its history. Take Mokla talab, a village 62 km southeast of Udaipur for example. Mokla means sufficient in Rajasthani and talab means pond. The village was named after its overflowing talab. But what happens when the talaab is overflowing no more?
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 8 months ago
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People of a semi-arid Rajasthan village battle Coca Cola
Kaladera, a small village about 40 km from Jaipur has always been known for its chaubandi (mud resist printing) and natural dyeing but it has been getting a lot of attention since 1999. No, it's not because of the handicraft but because of Coca Cola, which set up a bottling plant there.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 9 months ago
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Tribals of Tawa reservoir left leader-less
Tawa reservoir in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh, irrigates several thousand hectares of land. It is here that Sunil Gupta, popularly known as Sunil Bhai, rose to prominence in 1995 when he led the struggle of the tribals displaced by the reservoir.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 1 week ago
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"The Earth has enough to fulfill your needs, but not your greed"
Young Eco-Club members of Gargi Girls School, Meerut celebrated Earth Day on April 22, 2014 with two-days of festivities.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 2 weeks ago
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Companies finally disclose their water-related risks
Businesses increasingly face water risks in the context of climate change. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), India will face changes in rainfall patterns, increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events along with droughts and flood.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 3 weeks ago
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Alternative farming method in Karnal
Kalwaheri is a village of over thousand households comprising mostly of small farmers and landless people tucked away in Karnal, Haryana. The district, once the birth place of the Green Revolution, is now far from green.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 1 month ago
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Fishing for shrimp in Haryana’s farmlands
Mile after mile of saline lands line the Delhi-Rohtak-Bhiwani stretch of the highway. Here, the land wasn't always saline, it became that way thanks to canal irrigation. Farmers have used extensive surface water, which has led to an increase in groundwater levels. This leads to the twin problem of waterlogging and salinity.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 1 month ago
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The water-energy nexus
The theme of this year’s World Water Day was “energy-water nexus”. It was almost as if the topic was chosen keeping Western Uttar Pradesh in mind because the conflict between water and energy users in agriculture and industry has heightened here in the recent past.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 1 month ago
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Fatehabad - Another Fukushima?
National Highway 10 passes through Badophal, a village in Fatehabad district of Haryana. The highway is lined by a tiny market and a point where several jeeps start and terminate. These jeeps are headed to Gorakhpur village, some 15 kms away via Kajal Heri, another village en route.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 1 month ago
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Floods despite dams
Floods in Bihar have acquired menacing proportions following the embanking of its rivers, which has led to severe dislocations in the society. Estimates suggest that 70% of the population in north Bihar lives under the recurring threat of flood devastation (1). The 2013 floods affected more than 5.9 million people in 3768 villages (2).
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 1 month ago
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A village becomes water secure
Mewat, a historical region comprising of the present Mewat district of Haryana and parts of Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts of Rajasthan, lies in a semi-arid belt. It experiences variable rainfall annually and receives, on average, 336 mm to 540 mm, as per the Mewat Development Agency.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 1 month ago
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A multi-pronged approach to improve livelihoods in MP
A little less than 40 km away from the district headquarters of Tikamgarh in northern Madhya Pradesh lies a watershed, which is an area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place (US Environmental Protection Agency).
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 2 months ago
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Technology and public awareness to combat climate change
In Jhansi, Bundelkhand farmers experience great uncertainties in agriculture due to erratic rainfall. Covering 13 districts of southwest Uttar Pradesh and Northern Madhya Pradesh with a population of approximately 21 million, Bundelkhand is a typical semi-arid region.  Around 83% of the area is rural and more than one third of the households are considered to be below the poverty line.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 2 months ago
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Krishi Vigyan Kendra to the rescue!
Nidhan is about 30 km away from its district headquarter Morena, Madhya Pradesh. The village receives an annual average rainfall of 450 mm concentrated in the months of July and August. While much of the village depends on rainfed agriculture, the main source of irrigation in the rabi (winter) season is borewells.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 2 months ago
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'Princely' private ponds
Charkhari, a princely state of India in the colonial period was once a beautiful settlement founded by Saurabh Singh Bundela, a Rajput King. Acceded to India post-Independence, the town is now located in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh. The place was home to intricate water management systems in the past.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 2 months ago
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Farm like the rishis!
It all started in the eighties when Friends Rural Centre, a group of Gandhian Quakers in Rasuliya village, near Hoshanagabad, Madhya Pradesh came in contact with Masanobu Fukuoka.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 3 months ago
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Engineering witchcraft in Bihar
It's been years since Bhutahi Balan, a small tributary of the Kosi river in Madhubani, North Bihar, has been causing devastation on both its banks. Dinesh Mishra in his book 'Story of a ghost river and engineering witchcraft' objectively analyses the failure of embankments, which are raised banks to contain the river's flooding.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 3 months ago
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Mapping land and water resources in India
India’s mapping activity dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization (c. 2500–1900 BCE) as per the famous geographer, Joseph E. Schwartzberg. His work is based on a couple of surveying instruments and measuring rods that were excavated from the Indus valley sites. Our mapping traditions were influenced by Vedic, Tibetan, Islamic and more recently, British cartography.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 3 months ago
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Pesticide 'thali'
One doesn't have to look far to find pesticide contamination in food and water in India.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 years 3 months ago

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