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India faced severe heatwaves in 2024, with record-breaking temperatures and prolonged heat spells from April to May. Contributing factors included El Niño conditions, lack of pre-monsoon rains, and persistent anticyclones. Rising greenhouse gas emissions and climate change further intensified the heatwave’s severity, highlighting the urgent need for sustainable solutions.
Furkhan and Shahinbee Patel struggled with farming due to severe water scarcity on their 11-acre farm in Hokrana village of Karnataka. In 2022-23, a restoration project by Wells Fargo and WOTR created a water harvesting potential of 22 million liters, significantly improving their irrigation and doubling their harvests.
Odisha’s tribal communities face economic and livelihood challenges due to persistent water shortages and limited opportunities. This blog explores how cashew cultivation, supported by various government initiatives and NGOs, is transforming these communities. Historical struggles over land rights and recent developments in cashew farming are highlighted, showcasing both the challenges and the potential for sustainable agricultural practices.
Despite initial skepticism from men in their village, three women from Yellammathada started a successful paper plate-making business. Through a training program by HSBC, they launched their venture with a loan and received equipment and training. The business has allowed them to repay their loan, earn profits, and gain financial independence.
Lambadi women in Telangana have revitalised the traditional craft of Maggam embroidery, enabling them to earn a stable income from home. This change, initiated by a training program from WOTR, has allowed them to avoid migration for labor work and support their families better. Women now earn Rs 5,000-10,000 through their embroidery, which also preserves their cultural heritage.
Three years ago, Maheshwaram Panduranga and his wife Manga faced a severe water crisis on their 3-acre farm in Loyapally, Telangana. With help from WOTR and HSBC, they constructed a farm pond, significantly improving water levels. They then ventured into fish farming, earning substantial profits and transforming their financial situation. The couple now enjoys a better lifestyle and serves as an inspiration for others in their village.
Polamoney Buchaya, 63, and his wife Bugamma, 54, transitioned to farming after Buchaya’s heart attack in 2020, cultivating green leafy vegetables on leased land. Supported by WOTR and HSBC, they adopted rainpipe irrigation, enhancing water efficiency and crop yield. This shift increased their earnings significantly, providing a steady income. Their success has inspired other farmers in their village to adopt similar practices.

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India faced severe heatwaves in 2024, with record-breaking temperatures and prolonged heat spells from April to May. Contributing factors included El Niño conditions, lack of pre-monsoon rains, and persistent anticyclones. Rising greenhouse gas emissions and climate change further intensified the heatwave’s severity, highlighting the urgent need for sustainable solutions.
Furkhan and Shahinbee Patel struggled with farming due to severe water scarcity on their 11-acre farm in Hokrana village of Karnataka. In 2022-23, a restoration project by Wells Fargo and WOTR created a water harvesting potential of 22 million liters, significantly improving their irrigation and doubling their harvests.
Odisha’s tribal communities face economic and livelihood challenges due to persistent water shortages and limited opportunities. This blog explores how cashew cultivation, supported by various government initiatives and NGOs, is transforming these communities. Historical struggles over land rights and recent developments in cashew farming are highlighted, showcasing both the challenges and the potential for sustainable agricultural practices.
Despite initial skepticism from men in their village, three women from Yellammathada started a successful paper plate-making business. Through a training program by HSBC, they launched their venture with a loan and received equipment and training. The business has allowed them to repay their loan, earn profits, and gain financial independence.
Lambadi women in Telangana have revitalised the traditional craft of Maggam embroidery, enabling them to earn a stable income from home. This change, initiated by a training program from WOTR, has allowed them to avoid migration for labor work and support their families better. Women now earn Rs 5,000-10,000 through their embroidery, which also preserves their cultural heritage.
Three years ago, Maheshwaram Panduranga and his wife Manga faced a severe water crisis on their 3-acre farm in Loyapally, Telangana. With help from WOTR and HSBC, they constructed a farm pond, significantly improving water levels. They then ventured into fish farming, earning substantial profits and transforming their financial situation. The couple now enjoys a better lifestyle and serves as an inspiration for others in their village.
Polamoney Buchaya, 63, and his wife Bugamma, 54, transitioned to farming after Buchaya’s heart attack in 2020, cultivating green leafy vegetables on leased land. Supported by WOTR and HSBC, they adopted rainpipe irrigation, enhancing water efficiency and crop yield. This shift increased their earnings significantly, providing a steady income. Their success has inspired other farmers in their village to adopt similar practices.