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.
Established in 1993, WOTR is a non-profit organisation that engages at the intersection of
practice, knowledge and policy across scales and in collaboration with stakeholders from across
sectors. Over the years, WOTR has entered diverse sectors and has grown institutionally and
geographically. Headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, WOTR has a physical presence in 8 states and
provides occasional services to agencies from 28 countries. The Goal of the organisation is “to ensure
food, water, livelihoods and income security together with a growing quality of life to vulnerable and
disadvantaged communities from a sustainable resource base”.
The WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) was set up with the objective to conduct
rigorous trans-disciplinary, applied research to contribute grounded insights and learnings to policy
formulation, program design and implementation, capacity building and behavioural change
processes. The objective is to provide robust adaptive responses and mitigate the impacts of climate
change on ecosystems, water resources, agriculture, food and nutrition, health, livelihoods, gender,
governance and local institutions.
Wageningen University and Research is a collaboration between Wageningen University
and the Wageningen Research foundation. ‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the
quality of life’ is the mission of Wageningen University & Research. The domain of Wageningen
University & Research consists of three related core areas: Food and food production; Living
environment; Health, lifestyle and livelihood. It has branches all over the world, with the
headquarter being located at Wageningen, in the Netherlands.
The Climate Adaptation and Services Community (CASCO) Project is a collaborative
effort that aims to facilitate long-lasting cooperation in the field of climate change adaptation. CASCO
consists of a total of five European and four Indian core partners, with a wide range of network