There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to share an article written by our researcher, Anuradha Phadtare on ‘Adapting agriculture to climate change by local communities: Evidence from Dhule and Ahmednagar villages’ published in the ‘Maharashtra Economic Development Council (MEDC) Monthly Economic Digest, Vol. XLVI No. 12, November 2017.
The article describes how Community Driven Vulnerability Evaluation – Programme Designer (CoDriVE-PD) tool developed by WOTR, could be applied to reduce the vulnerabilites of communities in the villages. It talks about case study of villages in two districts viz. Dhule and Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. The article outlines the climate variability and its impact on cropping systems and the corresponding coping mechanisms in the study villages. It also illustrates the coping mechanisms and framework developed by WOTR for agriculture communities to respond to the climate variations especially the climatic risk of drought. It analyses the current coping strategies employed by farmers and suggests alternatives.