Aarti Kelkar Khambete

From droughts to floods: India’s tryst with climate extremes
Deconstructing the traditional narrow engineering based policy discourses around floods and droughts and connecting them to social and cultural realities is the need of the hour in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 1 month ago
Water talk Series at Mumbai (Image Source:Tata Insitute of Social Sciences)
Groundwater markets flourish in peri-urban Hyderabad
Groundwater, drawn at rapid rates from peri-urban areas of Hyderabad is now turning into a commodity, controlled and distributed by a few, to meet the needs of the urban elite. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 2 months ago
Groundwater in Hyderabad, in peril (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Farm ponds change farmers’ fortunes
While farm ponds in Jharkhand have helped farmers increase yields, they have also exposed them to the risk of price fluctuations, highlighting the need for ‘beyond the farm’ interventions. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 2 months ago
Farm ponds are one way to deal with water scarcity (Image Source: India Water Portal Flickr photos)
Dams, in distress?
It is time water policies in India acknowledge that many large dams have aged and can no longer be looked upon as the only path to water security. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 2 months ago
Hirakud, India's oldest dam (Image Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
Protecting the kidneys of Kolkata – the East Kolkata Wetlands
A real estate boom is tightening its grip on the East Kolkata Wetlands, a unique waste processing ecosystem. Cooperation and coproduction, not conflict are needed to save them. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 3 months ago
Fishermen use wastewater of Kolkata to rear fish (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Is the Jalayukt Shivar Abhiyan just a quick fix to manage droughts?
A research paper argues that quick fix solutions to drought management will not work unless they are backed up by proper planning, implementation, monitoring and regulation of water use. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 3 months ago
Quick fix solutions to droughts will not work (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Gender in hydropower development: A long way to go
A study finds that hydropower organisations in India continue to maintain a culture of hierarchy, follow masculine norms and are insensitive to the needs of women and the marginalised. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 4 months ago
Hirakud, India's oldest dam (Image source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
Cultivating more millets to make food production climate resilient in India
A study finds that selectively increasing coarse grains/millets in crop production can greatly help in reducing the negative impacts of climate shocks on future food production in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 4 months ago
A millet crop ready for harvest in rural India (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Glacier melt threatens water reserves in Satluj basin
A new study finds that 55% of the glaciers in the Satluj basin could disappear by 2050 and 97% by 2090 due to climate change. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 4 months ago
The Sutlej, from Bilaspur (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Digging deeper to cope with droughts
A study finds that farmers in south India continue to rely on borewells rather than investing in water conservation structures or demand management strategies to cope with droughts. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 4 months ago
Coping with droughts, a challenge for farmers (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Economics of land degradation: India’s new environment targets
What are India's plans for managing its natural resources, undertaking sustainable land management and combating droughts? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 5 months ago
Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar with representatives of UNCCD, IUCN and other panelists at the June 17th meeting. (Photo: DD News Hindi)
From water to agriculture, well-being and beyond
While WOTR’s work has contributed to improving SDG outcomes, what are the learnings from the efforts made by the organisation to map and identify the pathways that have brought about this change? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 5 months ago
WOTR’s holistic approach integrates environmental, social and development challenges. (Image Source: WOTR)
India, in the eye of a storm!
The incidence and intensity of tropical cyclonic storms during monsoons is increasing in India. Can historical analysis help understand and cope with them better? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 5 months ago
A cyclonic storm that hit India in 2016 (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Climate change real, warns Pangi tribe
The effects of climate change are felt by the indigenous communities residing in the Himalayan region. How are they coping with these changes? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 5 months ago
Chandrabhaga river through Pangi valley, Himachal Pradesh (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Caste and farmer’s access to quality information
A study finds that farmers from socially-marginalised castes continue to be disadvantaged in accessing agricultural extension services. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 5 months ago
Access to information helps improve crop output among farmers. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Borewells: Boon or bane for women?
A study shows that although borewells have improved women’s access to water in the short term, they have increased water insecurity and the suffering of women in the long term. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 6 months ago
Collecting water, a daily backbreaking task of women. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Coping with droughts: Gender matters
A study finds women are hit the hardest during droughts due to food and water scarcity, loss of income and a range of health problems resulting from it. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 6 months ago
Women are burdened with household tasks such as collecting water. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Water management: Still a neglected electoral issue?
India is facing a major water crisis and a number of water sector challenges remain unaddressed even today. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 7 months ago
India's water woes need urgent attention. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
In conversation with nature
This study from Bihar shows that official flood prediction systems are often inadequate to understand the true impact of the floods on the population. Local gendered knowledge can help fill this gap. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 7 months ago
Shape of clouds can be an important indicator of weather. Source: Robert Hensley/Wikimedia Commons
Flourishing water markets in Darjeeling
Better governance and equitable as well as sustainable use of water resources are essential to solving the deepening water crisis in Darjeeling. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 7 months ago
Private water tankers, a common sight in urban areas. (Source: India Water Portal)
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