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.
The poorest and most vulnerable people will be the worst affected. The possible effects of climate change are not limited to agriculture and food production, but will also have serious effects on livestock production. Apart from creating new impacts on livestock production, climate change is expected to exacerbate the vulnerability of communities inhabiting these fragile regions further. Within this context, this position paper in progress based on findings from WOTR’s project areas brings out a proposition that intensification of livestock production may not be a sustainable option for fragile ecosystems. Having said this, the paper urges the need to clear certain areas of prejudice and to have special policy measures for livestock production in dry land regions of the country as climate change is here to stay.