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  • Muneswar and more than 170 farmers in Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh have no regrets after shifting over from traditional agricultural methods of farming to the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method. Why would they? Most of them have been overwhelmed by the kind of returns they have got compared...
    makarandpurohitposted 5 years 5 months agoread more
  • The agriculture sector has been playing a significant role in shaping India’s overall growth trajectory. What promising initiatives should the Budget 2015-16 come up with? Should it extend timely credit facilities to farmers belonging to all the farming categories? Should it extend crop insurance ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 5 years 5 months agoread more
  • Should the next Union Budget go all-in on climate change? Should clean energy, state incentives, mitigation and adaptation all emerge as priorities? How will the administration deal with extreme weather events that become more common with climate change? Is it not fiscally wise to invest in climate ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 5 years 5 months agoread more
  • A solution driven National Seminar organised by Gandhi Research Foundation and Tarun Bharat Sangh and supported by Jain Irrigation Systems on “Water and Food Security for All” was conducted at Jain Hills, Jalgaon, Maharashtra state on 19th and 20th December 2014. More than 200 participants atten...
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  • New Water Ministry, Clean Ganga Portal, Ganga Manthan: Goverment makes efforts towards rejuvenating the Ganga 2014 marked the formation of the new Water Ministry known now as the Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The aim of the new Ministry headed by Uma B...
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  • Recent news has been flooded with reports of the severe drought situation in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra. Even more shocking are the reports of large-scale suicides by farmers due to crop losses. Although the government has announced a relief package for drought-affected area...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 5 years 7 months agoread more
  • The report title 'Turn down the heat: Climate extremes, regional impacts and the case for resilience' published by the World Bank, highlights the risks posed by climate change and its impact on agricultural productivity, water resources and coastal ecosystems in the three critical regions of th...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 5 years 7 months agoread more
  • An interactive tool to monitor progress of toilet construction launched Water Aid India has launched a tool called 'Interactive Map' to monitor the progress of toilet construction under the Swacch Bharat Mission. The tool will track the construction of individual household toilets (IHHL) and commun...
    Swati Bansalposted 5 years 8 months agoread more
  • “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 ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 5 years 8 months agoread more
  • First 'India Rivers Week' to be held in Delhi from November 24-27 A consortium of NGOs including WWF India, INTACH, SANDRP, Toxics Link and PEACE Institute Charitable Trust, with additional support from Arghyam (Bengaluru), International Rivers (Mumbai office), and Peoples Science Institute (D...
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  • Effects of climate change have aggravated the vulnerability of agricultural systems in all the parts of the country but people have found their own solutions and methods to deal with it. These have come from age-old knowledge practices of local farmers and communities, who depend on natural resource...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 5 years 10 months agoread more
  • J&K reels under the worst flood in 60 years Jammu & Kashmir experiences terrible floods as the Jhelum river crosses the danger level. The flood has claimed nearly 160 lives and affected thousands of people. South Kashmir district is the worst affected and more than 30% of Srinagar...
    Swati Bansalposted 5 years 11 months agoread more
  • Yavatmal, a district in Maharashtra, has gained popularity more for the number of farmer suicides than anything else in recent years. Since 2001, more than 2700 cases of suicide have been registered in this district alone. Poor water availability, low agriculture production and increasing debts are ...
    makarandpurohitposted 5 years 11 months agoread more
  • Ken-Betwa river link to take away 10% of MP's Panna Tiger Reserve The proposed Ken-Betwa river interlinking project has been appraised for forest clearance as it involves the diversion of nearly 6,000 hectares of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The Reserve is spread over 54,266 hect...
    Swati Bansalposted 5 years 11 months agoread more
  • Forest clearance granted to the proposed Renuka Dam The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change has granted approval to the proposed Renuka dam project. The project, worth Rs 3,600 crore, requires 909 hectares of forest land in Himachal Prade...
    Swati Bansalposted 5 years 11 months agoread more
  • Located at an altitude of 1270 metres , Kikruma, a quaint village nestled in a rainshadowed area of Phek district of Nagaland is a wonder. Centuries ago, the village evolved a self-organizing system to take care of its water, forest and farm management. ‘Zabo’, which means 'impounding water', is...
    Usha Dewaniposted 5 years 12 months agoread more
  • Massive landslides occur in Nepal and Pune's Malin village A massive landslide has taken place in Nepal on August 2, 2014, which has blocked the Sunkoshi river on the Nepal side and formed an artificial lake. The situation has put nearly 2.25 lakh people across nine districts in Bihar under threat....
    Swati Bansalposted 6 years 17 hours agoread more
  • Sukhomajri village has long been a reminder of people's participation in ecological preservation and in turn, greater economic good. The small village in Panchkula district of Haryana changed its fortunes when it entered into joint forest management with the help of the Chandigarh-based Central So...
    Manu Moudgilposted 6 years 1 week agoread more
  • India receives only 85.8 mm of rain this JuneAccording to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), India has received only 85.8 mm of rainfall between June 1 and 28, making it the driest June since 1901. June 2014 has experienced 42% lesser rainfall from the average. The worst impacted state...
    Swati Bansalposted 6 years 4 weeks agoread more
  • Water and agriculture are closely linked in our country where 60% our net sown area is rain-fed. Indian agriculture is undoubtedly dependent on the monsoon where good rains have meant enhanced agricultural production, and a weak or bad monsoon has lowered production thereby impacting the economy.How...
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Farmer Renupada has taken it up as a mission to make more farms organic by training fellow farmers on the sustainable practice.

At the age of 70, Renupada Bagdi of Doniapur village in Birbhum district of West Bengal is on a mission to convince his fellow farmers to take up organic farming just like he did a few years ago. He knows from his experience that chemical fertilisers do not yield crops as big companies make it out to be. While they ruin the soil and the produce, organic farming results in healthy and nutritious food and also saves the environment. 

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Cyclone causes rain in 18 states; floods, landslides reported in North India

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A new study finds that manmade activities such as deforestation and mining are to blame for the rise in desertification in the south of India.

India is highly vulnerable to desertification. Desertification not only leads to loss of biodiversity but can also negatively affect food production leading to poverty, hunger, economic instability, competition for scarce land and water resources and migration.

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A video provides an overview of the water conflict between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the Mahanadi.

The interstate dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the Mahanadi's water is an ongoing one and it looks like both the state governments have no interest in finding a long-term solution.

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While scientists try to understand this unique phenomenon, the moody and often mysterious monsoon continues to challenge us to explore its different facets.

Monsoon, the season of rains, has a unique place in the heart of the people of India. This passionate burst of showers has been extensively documented, observed and studied by travellers, poets, scientists, farmers and more.

Extremely vital for agriculture and survival in India, the monsoon continues to be a mystery. But why?

Watch this short video on the monsoon to know more

 

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India could address its water, food security by replacing rice cultivation: Study 

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Seven out of the top 10 climate hotspots in India in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, says a World Bank study.

A study by the World Bank indicates that due to rising temperatures and changing monsoon rainfall patterns from climate change, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) may dip by 2.8 percent (amounting to $1177.8 billion) by 2050. The living standards of nearly half the country’s population will get depressed.

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Entering its second year, the Graduate Program of Water Science and Policy 2018 at Shiv Nadar University envisages a multi-disciplinary classroom, engagement and content delivered by some of the best minds globally – experts on water who have worked on ground realities, made policies and initiated change.

June 30, 2018 12:00AM

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More than 1000 villages of the state are expected to be affected by a severe water crisis.

Lokesh Verma, a farmer from Nainital’s Chanfi village, says this is the third year in a row that he is bearing losses in agriculture. “I have lost around Rs 2 lakh and there’s a debt of Rs 70,000 to pay off. I grow strawberries, guavas and peas in my 15 bighas of land, but there is not enough water in the hills to irrigate crops properly,” he says.

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This study finds that smallholder farmers who undertake group micro irrigation through pooling of land and water resources greatly benefit through increase in productivity and profit margins.

Agriculture is of central importance to India’s economy with more than half of the workforce in the country depending on it for their livelihoods. However, it is increasingly being threatened due to climate-change-induced changing rainfall patterns and water scarcity having a negative impact on production.

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