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.
We are happy to share a woking paper written by Koichi Fujita (Kyoto University), Yogesh Shinde (Watershed Organization Trust, Pune) and Ramkumar Bendapudi (Watershed Organization Trust, Pune). It is one of the research outcomes of the Grant-in-Aid No. 16H01896 on “New Developmental Stage of South Asian Agriculture and Rural Economies” (FY 2016-2020), represented by Dr. Koichi Fujita, Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University.
This paper is a preliminary report on the Bhojdari village in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra State, India, where the Indo-German Watershed Development Programme (IGWDP) was implemented by an NGO, Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), since the mid-1990s. The village also benefitted from the project “Climate Change Adaptation in Rainfed Regions of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh” (CCA project), which started in 2009 and was implemented by WOTR in collaboration with NABARD.
This INDAS (Integrated Area Studies on South Asia) paper is also available at https://www.indas.asafas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/second/wp-content/uploads/2019/03...