Since the lockdown was implemented on March 24, 2020, WOTR has been working at the frontlines, across seven states in India, being a source of support for the rural communities, especially farmers in these difficult times. We present to you a snapshot of our work — the relief measures we are undertaking on the ground to arrest the losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
WOTR felicitated at Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2019
WOTR was recently felicitated at the 2019 Satyamev Jayate Water Cup award ceremony organised by Paani Foundation. WOTR has been the knowledge partner for the Water Cup since its inception in 2016. The vision of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is to create a people’s movement in Maharashtra in order to make every village in the state drought-free. Watch it here
‘Kali Aai Nirogi Tar Ahe Na?’ (A technical manual on soil health)
This manual in Marathi aims to provide farmers a complete introduction to soil health management. It explains the concepts of soil health, properties of soil, soil testing, factors affecting soil health, importance of organic carbon in the soil. The publication also recommends the measures to be taken according to the condition of the soil. Read more
WOTR organised a consultation of different stakeholders to discuss the Ecosystem Based Natural Resource Management and Adaptation Projects. Participants from NABARD, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Bharati Vidyapeeth and Department of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra were present in the consultation. Read more
Collaborative Action Necessary to Achieve 'Water for Sustainable Development'
In light of the acute water crisis affecting both India and the world, collaborative action is necessary to achieve the goal for sustainable water usage. Read the blog post by Policy Research Intern, Rahul Dev Sinsinwar on how WOTR has been committed towards participatory rural appraisal (PRA), wherein community members are made aware of the importance of groundwater, its recharge and the need to conserve. Read more
Water stewardship to be ‘climate smart’ – Lessons from Maharashtra
Recent reports by the Central Ground Water Board and the Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency in Maharashtra highlight the critical issue of water scarcity and falling groundwater levels in the last five years. Here, our researchers Dr.Eshwer Kale, Dr. Marcella D’Souza and Arpan Golechha describes the Water Stewardship Initiative which aims to promote climate-smart water governance through community participation in the Ahmednagar, Dhule and Jalna districts of Maharashtra. Read more
Multilayer farming -Towards household food and nutrition security in times of climate risks
Innovative steps are the need of the hour to balance nutrition security with land and water trade-offs. One such step is 'multi-layer' farming, described in the article below by WOTR researchers Prithviraj Gaikwad and Shreya Banerjee. Through multi-layer farming, farmers are becoming more self-reliant, better-equipped and resilient in the face of recurring droughts and simultaneously meeting the food and nutrition requirements. Read more
Anandkumar Ratkal is Regional Coordinator, WOTR Telangana and Andhra Pradesh RRC, Hyderabad. He has been with associated with WOTR since 2004. He shares his story in our 'WOTRian of the month'.
"The main reason I was attracted to development sector was that it gave me a chance to work with people and in the field of agriculture, which I always wanted. Working in WOTR means working at the grassroots, and with communities." Read more
"I am an MA graduate in Sociology, from Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia and joined WOTR in June 2019. I am currently working in impact assessment. I was keen to intern at WOTR, as this organization has done pioneering work in both watershed development and gender mainstreaming. I have read extensively about the rural areas of our country and the conditions there, but when I actually joined WOTR I got a ground-level view. I stayed in villages in Aurangabad district and interacted closely with the local people there." Read more
Photogallery for August 2019
65 volunteers from HSBC and 45 community members participated in the plantation drive at Kalamkarwadi village in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra