Policy Briefs

Vulnerability to Heat Stress: A Case Study of Yavatmal

In India, heat wave conditions are generally experienced in the summer months of April and May and from time to time deaths due to heat waves have been reported from several parts of the country. i Between 2001 and 2012, heat stroke accounted for 4% of all deaths from natural calamities (Chart 1), with a marked rise seen in recent years. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), over the past half ii century  (from 1961 to 2010) heat wave frequencies iii have increased by a third . With the rise in average global temperature, a further increase in the number of hot days and greater frequency and severity of heat-waves is expected. The risk of morbidity and mortality related to heat stress will continue to increase. Hence, effects of heat stress on human health are becoming an issue of growing concern in India

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Watershed development: The case for water neutrality

This impact brief describes the impact of watershed development in Budhera, in Medak district Telangana. With WOTR as a knowledge partner, Dr. Reddy’s Labs (DRL) strived for ‘water neutrality’ through the watershed development and management approach. In this project, the focus was on conservation of soil, rainwater, and vegetation, harvesting the surplus water to create water sources in addition to groundwater recharge and covering the non-arable area effectively through afforestation based on land capability class. Emphasis was also laid on restoring the ecological balance.

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Block Model Irrigation-Information Brief

WOTR undertook an action research project to assess the possibility of enhancing agriculture productivity for a group of small holder farmers.  This information brief describes the methodology and the implementation of the Group Micro-irrigation Approach in Israilpalli in Mahbubnagar district in Telangana.

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Mobile phone delivered Weather based Crop Advisories in India: The case for an integrated approach

An approach developed and piloted by the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) to provide weather-based crop advisories to farmers, offers important learnings as to how to improve weather forecasting, customise crop advisories, bridge barriers, leverage institutional strengths and accelerate adoption of on-farm adaptive responses at scale. The key feature of this approach is that it creates a dialogue between science and technology on the one hand and field reality and the farmer on the other, with the latter being an active co-evolver of knowledge and action.

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AGRIMET- Policy Brief No. 4.pdf4.37 MB
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Climate Change and Agriculture: Moving Towards Resilience for Small Holder Producers

Agriculture is heavily monsoon dependent. Any variation in the climatic conditions significantly affects agriculture production and subsequently increases agriculture production and increases farmers’ vulnerability.
This policy is an outcome of the project ‘Promotion of Climate Change Adaptation in Semi-arid and Rain-fed regions of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Lessons for this policy brief are drawn from the experiences in the states of Maharashtra, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.
 

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Agriculture - Policy Brief No. 3.pdf5.62 MB
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Ecosystem Based Adaptation: Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Watershed Development

An “Ecosystem-based Adaptation” (landscape-based) approach to climate change ensures continued provisioning of essential environmental services and promotes long term sustainability.
Lessons for this policy brief are drawn from the experiences in 33 villages of two states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

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Biodiversity - Policy Brief No. 2.pdf5.8 MB
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Awareness and Capacity Building: Essential for Food and Nutrition Security in Rural India

Empowerment in food and nutrition security (FNS) implies that communities have knowledge of a balanced diet. Emphasis is on knowledge and the enabling environment for communities to grow their own food and meet nutritional demands on their own.
This policy brief is an outcome of the project ‘Promotion of Climate Change Adaptation in Semi-arid and Rain-fed regions of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

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