There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
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