Publications

Making Agriculture Climate Smart

Weather based calendars help farmers to take appropriate decision during aberrant weather conditions. Information on crop, its phonological growth stages and the week by week weather during the crop season is essential for proper management. Thus, farm operations planned in conjunction with weather information are very likely to curtail the costs of inputs and various field operations. Crop weather calendar is a comprehensive guide for farmers. It is a tool that provides information on average weather of every standard meteorological week, planting, sowing and harvesting periods of locally adapted crops in a specific agro-ecological zone. Further, stage-wise pest and disease infestation information can also be added. The major objective of this publication is to help the farmer to take appropriate decision on crop management practice to cope with weather uncertainties.

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Crop demonstrations using Organic, SCI, and Farmer’s practice and their impact on crop productivity

For improving soil health in sustainable way, WOTR has selected region wise cropping sequence considering soil type, agro climatic zones and cropping pattern of that respective project area. It includes detailed information about crop demonstrations i.e. Organic, SCI, and Farmer’s practice and their impact on crop productivity.

Impact Assessment of Organic and SCI methods: Green gram - rabi Sorghum cropping sequence in Parner block of Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra

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Impact Assessment of Organic and SCI methods: Soybean-Wheat cropping sequence in Bhokardan block of Jalna District, Maharashtra

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Measuring the Impact of Sustainable Agricultural Practices on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Effect of different nutrient management practices i.e. Organic, Integrated nutrient management and Farmers' practice on productivity of Green gram and Greenhouse Gases emission from the field.

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GIS Based Soil Fertility Status of Selected Villages in Sakri, Bhokardhan and Parner Blocks of Dhule, Jalna and Ahmednagar Districts of Maharashtra

This publication has the detailed information about soil health indicators, importance of soil health cards and categorization of soil based on nutrient availability. It also includes spatial maps of various soil chemical properties like pH, EC, Organic Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulphur, Iron and Zinc in soils of Sakri, Parner and Bhokardan blocks

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Making Biodiversity A Community Resource, The People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR): A “How-To” Manual

This manual, provides step-by-step guidance to non-experts on how to conduct and formulate a PBR (People’s Biodiversity Registe) with the engagement of the local community. This “How-to” Manual is prepared in collaboration with MSBB (Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board) for the Indian context; however, it can very well be applied in any other country where facilitators or village community members are keen to promote their biodiversity.

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CBR

The Children's Biodiversity Register - A Field Guide (in Marathi) encourages schoolchildren to know and document the local flora, fauna, indigenous knowledge and culture by documenting in the field guide.

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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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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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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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