Please read our response to 'an article on Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan (JSA)' is published in the 'Economic and Political Weekly/ issue (Vol. 54, Issue No. 29, 20 Jul, 2019) at the following link. In 2015, the Government of Maharashtra launched the JSA, with the aim of making 25,000 villages in Maharashtra drought-free.
In this issue of Ecologic, we bring you incredible stories of change and success amidst very challenging conditions. Whether such initiatives were encouraged and supported by organisations like WOTR, or picked up from observing their peers, these proactive efforts of small and marginal farmers are primarily down to the connection they instinctively feel with the soil, ‘mother earth’ and the ecosystem around. They can sense what isn’t sustainable and are willing to change even while other aspects of supply-chain, markets, and government support sorts itself out. These farmers are not stuck in the chicken-and- egg problem and are brave pioneers of the agriculture sector’s transition towards a more sustainable, climate resilient form.