News Digest - November 2018

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

International consultation organised by WOTR 

Experts from Agricultural research institutes, international universities, relevant department in Government of India and Maharashtra, NGOs and farmers gathered to discuss the urgent issues and suggest ‘pathways of change’ at the ‘Adapting Agriculture in Semi-arid India to a Global Temperature Rise of 1.5°C’ consultation organised by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) on October 3-4, 2018 in Pune. The conference considered the implications of climate change on Land Use and Land Cover Changes, Water Resources, Agriculture Production Systems and Climate Financial Services. Read more
Participation in an International Conference hosted by IIT Bombay

AFITA/WCCA 2018 Conference on 'Research Frontiers in Precision Agriculture'
IIT Bombay hosted a joint international conference AFITA/WCCA 2018 on “Research Frontiers in Precision Agriculture”, 24-26 October 2018 at IIT Bombay, Mumbai. WOTR representatives made a presentation on their work in the area of agro-meteorological services to farmers and practitioners. It also gave an insights into WOTR’s unique AGRIMET-DSS Decision Support System which automates generation of weather based, crop specific agricultural advisories customized and localized to macro and micro geographies. Read more
WOTR in News

Hot winds to blow across more rural parts of state

WOTR's research study on Heat Stress has been referred in a news article in Pune Mirror. The study was conducted under the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project and was taken up in Yavatmal and Jalna districts of Maharashtra.  Read more
The International Consultation titled ‘Adapting Agriculture in Semi-Arid India to a Global #TemperatureRise of 1.5 °C’ organised by WOTR received news coverage by Sakal Times Pune. This consultation was focused on the four thematic areas– Land Use Land Cover (LULC), Water, Agriculture and Climate Financial Services. The implications of rising temperatures and heightened weather variability in the semi-arid regions of India were discussed. Read more
Cape Town-like water crisis looms

With the necessary cuts in water supply in Pune, and the possibility of a Cape Town-like crisis for the city,  an article in Pune Mirror explains the causes and implications of this crisis. The article also  describes how climate change is adversely affecting agriculture. Read more

Self-sufficiency Assured for Survival

We are happy to share an article published in the latest issue of ‘’ the Magazine of Andheri Hilfe. The article ‘Schwerpunkt: Selbstständigkeit sichern – und das Überleben in der Heimat’ in German by Elvira Greiner, describes the change she has witnessed in the lives of people during her visit to India.  In the article published in the latest issue of ‘’, the Magazine of Andheri Hilfe, Sujaya Dangwar, projectmanager, Jharkhand RRC  describes how soil and water conservation activities started a transformation in 16 villages in Jharkhand. Read more
Training of Master Trainers for Water Budgeting
Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Action on Climate Today and WOTR jointly conducted a series of training programs on water budgeting in Maharashtra.  Four training programs of 5 day each were organised for Western Maharashtra, Marathwada, Vidarbha and Konkan regions. WOTR played an important role in designing, planning and carrying out these programs. Watch the news coverage of the last training conducted for Kokan region on DD Sahyadri. Watch it here
WOTR Films

The Silent Unfolding

The story of Darewadi is the inspiring story of how, thanks to watershed development, a village that faced severe water scarcity transformed into a village with adequate water for all and significant reduction in poverty.  Watch it here
Save the Girl Child

WOTR initiated the project ''SAVE THE GIRL CHILD'' to create awareness on the need for gender equality and to change the mindsets  about the girl child. This is an inspirational story in the villages of Ahmednagar and Beed districts of Maharashtra. Watch it here
WOTRian of the month

Preetilata Gaikwad is working with WOTR since 1998. As a ‘Project Manager-Women Empowerment’ at WOTR-Pune, she is overseeing women empowerment projects of WOTR and Sampada Trust.

"I was born in Pune and after my graduation, the zeal to work for society influenced me to do an MSW (Masters in Social Work) from the Karve Institute for Social Service, Pune University. I joined WOTR immediately after completing my MSW in 1998. In the beginning I was given the responsibility of increasing participation of women in watershed villages through Village Development Committees, Self Help Groups etc. which involved intensive interaction with community. Read more
ECO Student of the month