Article written by Eshwer Kale published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (Vol. 52, Issue No. 3 dated 21 Jan, 2017)
Rural communities face the daily reality of resource insecurity - a combination of scarcity (insufficiency inaccessibility and unavailability), vulnerability (weakness subject to damage and hazards) and stress (use exceeds availability). It is a very real condition of everyday life that relates to the communities’ reduced ability to cope with, anticipate and recover from any further detrimental impact. This vulnerability is further stressed by dependency on an uncertain climate, volatile globalised markets, and unsupportive degenerated ecosystems. This is especially so for agrarian communities as well as communities dependent on them for their livelihood, in the semi-arid regions that are particularly vulnerable to water scarcity compounded by climate vagaries. A vulnerable agriculture has far reaching, rippling impacts on global food-security as well. A sobering thought, indeed. Since vulnerability is not an intrinsic characteristic of a particular human, group or system, it cannot be understood irrespective of specific temporal, spatial and cultural contexts. It also cannot be addressed with piecemeal, sectorial, governance, infrastructure,
management, economic and development initiatives. WOTR has been attempting to address these agricultural issues through an innovative strategy that combines agro-meteorology , promotion of agricultural practices that conserve water while improving soil health, and judicious water budgeting and crop planning that makes every drop count. The results have begun to come in now .
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- Radha Kunke