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.
The article written by Eshwer Kale and Marcella D’Souza was published in the compendium ‘Water Conservation and Saving in Agriculture: Initiatives, Achievements and Challenges in Maharashtra’ by Water Resources Department (WRD) Government of Maharashtra. The compendium was released during the 9th International Micro Irrigation Conference held at Aurangabad during 16 to 18 January 2019 in presence of Hon. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Hon. Devendra Fadanavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra, Shri. Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, and Shri. Mahendra Reddy, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and Waterways and Environment, Government of Fiji. International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) has hosted its 9th International Micro Irrigation Conference 2019 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra for discussions and deliberations with eminent stakeholders through seminars, exhibitions and sessions to build public awareness for use of micro irrigation on large-scale.
The compendium ‘Water Conservation and Saving in Agriculture: Initiatives, Achievements and Challenges in Maharashtra’ was edited by Shri. Suresh Kulkarni, Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resource Regulatory Authority (MWRRA). The article ‘Water Stewardship in Rainfed Agrarian Maharashtra’ is based on lessons learnt and observations from implementing a Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI) launched by WOTR that seeks to facilitate a cognitive and organizational shift by bringing science, policy and governance together at the level of practice and community action. This article presents the approach; key concepts and processes applied in the WSI and highlights its potential to be taken forward in other similar regions. It has significance to influence Maharashtra state policies in the water sector.