WOTR felicitated by IMD on the occasion of IMD's 144th Foundation Day
WOTR was recently felicitated by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on the occasion of IMD’s 144th foundation day celebrations. Our Managing Trustee and co-founder, Crispino Lobo, received the felicitation on behalf of WOTR. The felicitation was for WOTR’s contribution in the development of an IT-enabled Agrimet Decision Support System (Agrimet-DSS) which enables IMD to automate the process of generating block level weather-based crop advisories. The Chief Guest at the ceremony was the Honorable Union Minister for Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Read more
WOTR organizes workshop on 'Building Resilience to Drought' at WALMI
A one day workshop on the theme of ‘building resilience to drought’ in 5 districts (Ahmednagar, Beed, Nashik, Jalna and Yavatmal) of Maharashtra was organized on the 8th January 2019 jointly by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI- an autonomous body under the Ministry of Soil and Water Conservation Department, Government of Maharashtra). The workshop was conducted at WALMI, Aurangabad and was attended by about 150 participants that included participants from various government departments of these districts. In the workshop important steps to reduce severe impacts of droughts were discussed and practical short and medium term strategies were planned as a joint effort for building resilience to drought.
A chapter titled 'Enabling Gendered Environment for Watershed Management' written by Dr. Eshwer Kale and Dipak Zade, has been published in a SAGE book 'Gender Issues in Water and Sanitation Programmes Lessons from India'.
We are delighted to share with you a booklet titled "You gave me a chance", which covers the work done by WOTR under the 'Chance for girls project' in 344 villages of Maharashtra. The project was done in collaboration with the Germany-based Becker-Cordes Stiftung and the Rotary Clubs of Hagenn-Lenne & Lippetal.
In Maharashtra over the last many years, there has been a shift from food crops to cash crops. In this article, in Leisa India, our researcher Anuradha Phadare explains how this shift poses a risk to the food security of farmers, and brings out that crop planning can play a role in ensuring food and nutrition security and ensure greater resilience to climate change.