At a time when countless villages in Maharashtra are facing severe water scarcity, the village of Sarole Pathar has adequate water for its needs. The villagers have banned the drilling of new borewells and are implementing water budgeting to ensure efficient water usage. No water tanker (government or private) is providing water in the village while nearby hamlets are dependent on water tankers. WOTR has played a key role in mobilizing the community in this village.
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Equitable and efficient sharing of water is essential in the rain-dependent dryland regions of India, like Marathwada. WOTR has been promoting village level water management in this region, in particular Jalna district, through water budgeting and water literacy. We are delighted to inform that Pune Mirror has covered this initiative and its positive effects in the Jalna district.
We are delighted to present to you a discussion between our Senior Researcher Arjuna Srindhi and Elvira Greiner of Andheri Hilfe-Bonn, in the German magazine, Sudesian. The discussion focuses on the challenges posed by climate change, the issue of farmer suicides in India and how agriculture can be made more resilient to climate change. This interview was held in the context of the Talanoa Dialogue at COP 23 that was held in Bonn, Germany in November 2017.
IIT Bombay hosted a joint international conference AFITA/WCCA2018 on “Research Frontiers in Precision Agriculture”, 24-26 October 2018 at IIT Bombay, Mumbai. This conference was organised in association with three scientific entities – AFITA (Asia-Pacific Federation for Information Technology), INFITA (International Network for Information Technology in Agriculture) and INSAIT (Indian Society for Agricultural Information Technology).
We are delighted to share that WOTR's International Consultation gets covered in the Sakal Times. At the consultation on 'Adapting Agriculture in Semi-arid India to a Global Temperature Rise of 1.5 °C', experts and stakeholders from different fields came together to discuss the gravity of weather variability and climate change in India and find solutions, particularly for semi-arid regions in India that are heavily dependent on monsoons.
6th October, Pune
Pressure is mounting on governments and industries to act quickly and contain the impacts of climate
change. This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is meeting in Incheon,
South Korea to release its special report on a 1.5 C global temperature rise. While researchers and
academicians debate on the niceties of the Summary for Policy Makers, the vulnerable and affected
farming community is ramping up its demands for protection and incentives to continue with a severely
We are delighted to inform that our international consultation on ‘Adapting Agriculture in Semi-Arid India to a Global Temperature Rise of 1.5 Degree Celsius' on October 3 and 4 2018 has received coverage in the Times of India, India's most widely read English newspaper.
WOTR, with the support of Action on Climate Today (ACT) has been providing training to 'Master Trainers' appointed by State Water Literacy Centre, YASHADA. Two training programs for Western Maharashtra and Marathwada regions have been already conducted. Two more for Konkan and Vidarbha regions have been planned. We are looking forward to these training programs that will help spread the water literacy in Maharashtra. And also help make villages water secured with the disciplined planning of water use.
We are delighted to share that WOTR's press release on the occasion of World Environment Day, received coverage in the Financial Chronicle, a leading Hindi newspaper. The release had warned about excessive plastic usage in agriculture and its threat to soil health, the risk of it entering the food chain and lowering commercial value of crops.
We are delighted to share that WOTR's watershed mela in Jharkhand received coverage in the Hindustan, a leading Hindi newspaper. At the mela, MGNREGA Commissioner Siddharth Tripathi said watershed development was not merely a scheme, but a revolution.