News Digest - January 2019

Aamir Khan interview on Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR's) Silver Jubilee

WOTR has been knowledge partner for Paani Foundation's Satyameva Jayate Water Cup since the Cup started in 2016. Watch Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan speak on WOTR's work as knowledge partner and its achievements of the last 25 years in a talk with our co-founder and Managing Trustee Crispino Lobo. Watch it here
WOTR turned 25 on December 20th, 2018! 

Our story in photos

WOTR's 25th anniversary, on December 20, 2018, was celebrated across our different regional resource centres with much fanfare and gusto. WOTRians across the 7 states enthusiastically participated in the celebrations. See the major milestones during of our journey of 25 years.

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Participates in International Dialogue series in Berlin, Germany organized by GIZ

Crispino Lobo speaking at "New Ideas in Development Cooperation"

How can agriculture in the semi-arid regions of India be more resilient to variations in weather and rainfall? Is the 1.5 degree predicted rise in global temperature the end of agriculture in these regions? How can countries like India deal with the challenges thrown up by climate change?  WOTR's co-founder and Managing Trustee Crispino Lobo gave thought-provoking and insightful answers to these and other related questions at the panel discussion with Dr. Claudia Warning, Head of Department Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Southeastern Europe in the BMZ. Mr. Lobo was speaking at the 'New Ideas in Development Corporation' event organised recently by the German Corporation for International Cooperation in Berlin, Germany (GIZ). Watch it here
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 on the monsoons. The conference considered the implications of climate change on the following sectors: Landuse and Landcover changes, Water Resources, Agriculture Production Systems and Climate Financial Services. The consultation was also part of WOTR's silver jubilee celebrations. Read the proceedings of the consultation at Read more
WOTR in News

WOTR's press conference on the 'Implications of Climate Change on our farms and farmers' gets covered in Pune Mirror

Erratic rainfall due to climate change has exposed Indian farmers to agrarian stress. Maharashtra is one of the most vulnerable states to be hit by climate change. We are delighted to share the article that Pune Mirror has covered this issue at WOTR's press conference on 'Agriculture and Climate Change'.  Read more
We are delighted to inform you that Sakal Times has covered our press conference in Pune to discuss the impact of global average rise of 1.5 degree celcius on Indian agriculture. The news highlighted the fact described by Crispino Lobo that "Maharashtra is suffering from severe drought.Due to the water scarcity, the soil will lose moisture, whch will further impact the yield. Erratic monsoon pattern makes it imperative to conserve and manage underground water smartly to increase its efficiency". Read more
For small and marginal farmers in India, livestockacts as an 'insurance' and helps in income diversification.To promote healthy livestock, WOTR recently conducted a health camp for livestock at the Sonpura village of Karauli district in Rajasthan. A team consisting camp-in charge Sawai Singh Nitharwal, Dr Bijendra Singh Verma and Rajendra Prasad Jataw organised this camp on Friday, December 28 2018 and examined the health of over 400 animals along with conducting vaccination. The villagers were also made aware about the artificial insemination, seasonal diseases of animals and vaccination. Read more
Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), has featured our two-day  international consultation for discussing the impacts of this 1.5 °C global temperature rise on Indian agriculture, particularly in semi-arid regions. The newsletter also provided a link to our last issue of Ecologic NewsletterRead more
We are delighted to inform you that Marathi newspaper Sakal, Aurangabad edition has covered WOTR's soil and water conservation efforts in the Bhum block of Osmanabad district. Watershed development through different soil and water conservation activities play a key role in ensuring water security and availability at the village level. It was this aim that. Farm bunding and other soil and water conservation works were taken up by villagers in Bhum block, Osmanabad distrit for ensuring water security and availability at the village level on December 31, 2018. WOTR is collaborating with the villagers in their efforts. 40 villages in Bhum and Paranda block, will be a part of this initiative.  Read more
WOTRian of the month - Kiran Shelke

Kiran Shelke, who is currently the Deputy General Manager (Accounts and Finance department), was WOTR- Watershed Organisation Trust's first employee. He has personally witnessed and been an integral part of the ups and downs of the last 25 years, both at a professional and personal level. As WOTR completes 25 years, its first employee takes us down memory lane and speaks to us about his life, his experiences in WOTR and vision for the future.... Read more
WOTR is looking for M.Sc. in agricultural sciences with minimum 1-2 years of experience. The officer will be required to visit project implementation areas and monitor the agriculture research and implementation projects. The officer is also expected to assist in preparation of weather based advisories and POPs for different crops. Interested candidates can apply to by January 20, 2019.  Read more
Researcher in Sustainable Land Management

WOTR is looking for M.Sc./M.Tech. degree / Ph. D. in Soil Science, Water Science, and Technology, Agricultural Engineering (with specialization in Land and Water Management), Computer Application, Environmental Science, Agronomy or any agriculture and environment related field. The Researcher will be based in Pune and will be required to travel to project areas in the country.. Prior experience in similar position will be  preferred. Interested candidates can apply to by January 20, 2019. Read more
Photogallery for the month of December 2018

WOTR 25th year celebrations at Pune on 20th December 2019

Sandeep Jadhav, Director, WOTR addressing the golden jubilee alumni meet at Dr. Annasaheb Shinde College of Agriculture Engineering, MPKV, Rahuri, Maharashtra

Soil and Water Conservation Work at Hivare Korda village, Parner, Ahmednagar Soil and Water Conservation Work at Hivare Korda village, Parner, Ahmednagar

Mahila Melawa on Health was organised at Gangapur, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Construction of water harvesting structure in Karauli, Rajasthan

WOTR organised 'Farmer Melawa' at Deshgavhan village, Ambad block, Jalna on 20th December 2019

Session on ‘Groundwater management for crop planning at village level’ for students and villagers of village Shenit, Akole block, Ahmednagar