An inspiration called Kumbharwadi in the rain-shadow region of Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra is one of the many successful stories of water stressed villages that were transformed by Paani Ka Teeka’s knowledge partner – Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), a Pune based non-profit.
Kumbharwadi in 1998 - A bleak scenario
What's not to like about sugarcane juice in summer? Would you drink as much of it or more if you knew that those selling it in Pune where I live, are people who have migrated temporarily from drought-affected villages in rural Maharashtra, and are counting on juice sales to get through the whole year?
“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.
Maharashtra is reeling under a drought – one of the worst in the last 40 years. The state declared drought in 125 out of 358 talukas during kharif 2012-13, and then declared water scarcity in 3,905 villages in rabi 2012-13.
A fluttering butterfly or a dashing cheetah immediately bring vivid images to mind. Does the image of a plant stir us as much? Are we as fascinated watching a flower bloom? Probably not. Maybe that’s why there is such a large focus on endangered animals and birds and not so much on plant species that are dying out.
Assessing vulnerability to climate change in development planning, Watershed Organisation Trust, Sangamner, Ahmednagar, March 5-8, 2013Posted on 28 Feb, 2013 09:35 PM
Watershed Training Centre, Darewadi village, Sangamner, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
Watershed Organisation Trust invites applications for its Technical Training in Watershed Management, August 7-10, 2012, Ahmednagar, MaharashtraPosted on 23 Jul, 2012 05:11 PM
Organiser: Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)
Venue: Watershed Training Centre
WOTR is a not-for-profit NGO founded in 1993 operating currently in five 5 Indian states – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand. WOTR provides capacity building and advisory services to developmental practitioners from 23 other Indian states as well as, occasionally, from 27 countries.
WOTR has been extensively promoting sustainable agriculture practices as part of its adaptive sustainable development approach. The objective is to promote low external inputs, increase land productivity, use of indigenous seeds, and reduce cost of cultivation.