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WOTR Memoranda in Pre-Budget Consultation on Agriculture with Ministry of Finance, Government of India

WOTR’s Managing Trustee and co-founder Crispino Lobo participated in the pre-budget consultation on agriculture and rural development on 11th June, 2019 in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by the…

Proceedings of international consultation: Adapting Agriculture in Semi-Arid India to a Global Temperature Rise of 1.5 °C

WOTR organised a two-day international consultation of experts to discuss the impacts of this 1.5 °C global temperature rise on Indian agriculture, particularly in semi-arid areas that are dependent heavily…

EbA Info-Brief Series #1: Adapting to climate change in India – the value of an ecosystem-based response

This info-brief is the first in a series of info-briefs from the project on Upscaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to Climate Change in the Rainfed Regions of Maharashtra, India. Ecosystem-based Adaptation…

Yield and soil nitrous oxide emissions of Vigna radiata under contrasting fertilizer management practices in Maharashtra

As part of the Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security project, various improved soil and agronomic management practices were tested in the State of Maharashtra in India. The primary…

Making Agriculture Climate Smart: A Compendium of Weather-Based Advisories for Management of Green gram – Rabi Sorghum cropping sequence in Parner Block of Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra 

Weather based calendars help farmers to take appropriate decision during aberrant weather conditions. Information on crop, its phonological growth stages and the week by week weather during the crop season…

Making Agriculture Climate Smart: A Compendium of Weather-Based Advisories for Management of Paddy-Chickpea cropping sequence in Sakri Block of Dhule District, Maharashtra

Weather based calendars help farmers to take appropriate decision during aberrant weather conditions. Information on crop, its phonological growth stages and the week by week weather during the crop season…

Making Agriculture Climate Smart: A Compendium of Weather-Based Advisories for Management of Soybean-Wheat cropping sequence in Bhokardan Block of Jalna District, Maharashtra  

Weather based calendars help farmers to take appropriate decision during aberrant weather conditions. Information on crop, its phonological growth stages and the week by week weather during the crop season…

Annual Report 2018-19

The year 2018-2019 saw WOTR completing 25 years of existence. Looking back, we feel a sense of gratitude and pride to note the outreach of our work since December 1993.…

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) for building resilience to COVID-19 in rural Maharashtra

On May 1, 2020, WOTR brought together a diverse range of stakeholders including policy makers, government officials, researchers, corporate donor representatives, and development practitioners for a half-day virtual workshop in…

Water Budgeting: A tool for improving water governance at local level

While working in rural India for more than 25 years, WOTR found the Water Budgeting tool to be very powerful, if implemented by taking into account the water stewardship approach.…

Subjective Wellbeing Analysis as a means of achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Evidences from the semi-arid villages in Maharashtra

The CARIAA-ASSAR Working Paper ‘Subjective Wellbeing Analysis as a means of achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Evidences from the semi-arid villages in Maharashtra’ by Bidisha Sinha and Ramkumar Bendapudi, explores the…

Gaalmukt Dharan, Gaalyukt Shivar (Tank Desiltation) Scheme in Maharashtra, India: Policy Concerns and the Way Forward

Gaalmukt Dharan, Gaalyukt Shivar’ is an important desiltation scheme offered by the Government of Maharashtra for improving water storage capacity of reservoirs and increasing soil fertility of farms. The latest…

Scaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in Maharashtra, India: An Analysis of Policies and Programmes.

This paper highlights the Windows of Opportunity or the entry points for scaling-up Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Maharashtra. This is part of a project jointly implemented by The WOTR Centre…

Water Stewardship and Water Budgeting: A Pathway to manage the water available in a time of growing water scarcity in rainfed Maharashtra

The state is facing repeated droughts in many regions, resulting in crop loss and failure, despite substantial water harvesting interventions (supply side). The drastic depletion of groundwater is resulting in…

Gaalmukt Dharan, Gaalyukt Shivar (Desiltation of Tanks) Scheme: A Drought Proofing Intervention

A large number of small reservoirs (tanks) to harvest rainwater have been constructed in Maharashtra over the years, to increase water availability in semi-arid drought prone regions. With me, the…

Adaptive Sustainable Agricultural Practices: To Build Soil Resilience and Enhance Crop Productivity

Adaptive Sustainable Agriculture (ASA) along with sustainable land management practices help to conserve the natural resources, revive the degraded agricultural lands, enhance crop production, and achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)…

Reducing Human Vulnerability to Heat Stress in Rural Communities of Semi-Arid Maharashtra

Summer temperatures in India have been rising over the last few decades, resulting in increased heat-related morbidity and mortality. Future climate projections for India indicate that heat waves will likely…

Avoiding the Tragedy of the Water Commons: Promoting Sustainable Groundwater Management in Maharashtra

Groundwater is an invisible common pool resource. However, competitive individual extraction of groundwater through dug wells and bore holes has led to a decline in groundwater levels creating a ‘tragedy…

Socio-Economic Implications: Conversion of Farm Ponds into Surface Storage Tanks in Semi-Arid Maharashtra

Farm ponds have been promoted through the central and state government programmes in India as a drought mitigation measure to secure agrarian livelihoods. While farm ponds were initially developed to…

Land Use/Land Cover Changes in Semi-Arid Regions of Maharashtra

The rapid land use change can exacerbate the effect of climate change and contributes to resource overuse. This brief provides the information of land use change over the last 25…

World Water Day 2020-A Presentation

On the occasion of World Water Day, WOTR made a presentation showcasing the work we have done in the area of water resources and the challenges facing this sector in…

Group Micro Irrigation: A study of Telangana farmers

Under the current regime of climate change, which is increasing in both frequency and intensity, the water resources in semi-arid areas have come under a lot of pressure. The current study aims to establish the benefits of pooling water resources for agriculture, identifying the factors that contribute towards a behavioural change among farmers transforming the ownership of water from a private to a common pool resource

Scaling Ecosystem based Adaptation in Maharashtra India: An Analysis of Policies and Programmes

Adapting to Climate Change and reducing the risk of disasters have never been more pertinent than today. Under these challenging times, the WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies brings to you…

WOTR COVID-19 Report May 20 2020

WOTR is on the ground combating COVID-19, mounting informed and measured rapid responses through various modes such as distribution of essentials, creating awareness, social messaging, generating employment and other livelihood…

From migration to livelihoods security and self-reliance through watershed development

This case study ‘From migration to livelihoods security and self-reliance through watershed development’ describes how the watershed development intervention has led to increased ownership and collective action among community members to…

Unusual Congregation of Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis In A Wheat Field

A note ‘Unusual Congregation of Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus Affinis In A Wheat Field’ by Girish Jathar, Sachin Anpat, Balu Bhangare and Dharmaraj Patil is published in the Journal of Bombay…

How much water is in the ground, and what does this mean for vulnerability?

Groundwater, a renewable and finite natural resource, is a vital source of sustenance for humans and different ecosystems in the semi-arid regions. Rapid population growth in the last three decades…

Impact Assessment of Organic and SCI methods:Soybean-Wheat cropping sequence in Bhokardan block of Jalna District, Maharashtra

WOTR has implemented the Pro-Soil project funded by GIZ in 8 villages of Bhokardan block of Jalna district in Maharashtra. The primary aim of the project is to promote sustainable…

Bhugbhartheel Jalsampattichya Purnabharanchi Khari Vel (Recharging groundwater: The need of the hour)

This article emphasizes the need to recharge groundwater and conserve precious groundwater resources, in times of drought.

Shettale upay ki naveen samasya? (Farm Ponds-A solution or new problem)?

This article brings out the plus points of farm ponds, and their potential negative implications as well. Download Article

Dushkal Nivaranasathi Shashwat Upayanchi Akhni (Planning sustainable measures to tackle drought)

This article written by Crispino Lobo, Managing Trustee, WOTR published in Vanrai Magazine talks about community driven intergrated watershed development and efficient water use management Download Article

Community Based Disaster Management of WOTR

This article describes ‘Disaster Risk Reduction ‘ Component of the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) programme implemented by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR). It also illustrates WOTR’s multi-pronged approach in Community Based…

Community Well to Solve Water Woes by a Tribe in Partala

The case study is depicting how 12 families of Partala village in Madhya Pradesh came together under the WOTR initiative, and used their traditional knowledge to develop efficient drainage patterns.…

From Watershed Development towards Climate Resilience

Maharashtra suffers recurrent spells of drought. A drought during the rabi season in 2011-2012 extended to rabi 2012-13 making it one of the worst droughts in Maharashtra affecting domestic needs, agriculture, livestock, and livelihoods of millions

Ecologic – February 2018

This issue of Ecologic brings forth six stories from across our project areas in India which highlight our efforts in making the livelihoods of rural communities more sustainable.These interventions have…

Ecologic – August 2018

In this issue of Ecologic, we bring to you five stories of women’s empowerment – from taking initiative to solve social issues in the village, to revolutionising rice cultivation and…

Ecologic – July 2019

In this issue of Ecologic, we bring you incredible stories of change and success amidst very challenging conditions. Whether such initiatives were encouraged and supported by organisations like WOTR, or…

Up Scaling Local Adaptations in India: What Works!

The article ‘Up Scaling Local Adaptations in India: What Works!’ by Neha Gupta describes how WOTR integrates the approach build on inherent knowledge in communities with new innovative adaptations to…

Self-sufficiency assured: for survival in the village

This article published in the German Magazine by Elvira Greiner of Andheri Hilfe, describes the change she has witnessed in the lives of people.

Islands of survival-or more?

The article is a transcript of a discussion between our Senior Researcher Arjuna Srinidhi and President Andheri Hilfe Bonn Elvira Greiner.

Is there a science behind local knowledge in weather forecasting and crop planning?

Weather forecast based on local knowledge can be simple and timely. The report ‘Is there a science behind local knowledge in weather forecasting and crop planning?’ talks about how integration…