Water management is our responsibility and our right

Water planning and budgeting by empowered Jal Sahelis in Bundelkhand BACKGROUND The Bundelkhand region in North India is presently known as water-starved terrain. A persistent drought situation in the area has not been addressed by the drought declaration criteria or drought management manual of the state. In such a condition, the burden of fetching and… Continue reading Water management is our responsibility and our right

Increasing productivity of small farmers through micro-irrigation

Flexible micro-irrigation kits enable the judicious use of groundwater in eight Indian states BACKGROUND Small farm holders comprise around 75 percent of India’s farming group, who typically cultivate plots less than a hectare in size and remain trapped in vicious cycle of hunger and poverty. Smallholders by the virtue of dearth of resources remain restricted… Continue reading Increasing productivity of small farmers through micro-irrigation

Irrigation simplified through treadle pumps

An affordable and eco-friendly water lifting solution for marginal farmers in seven states of India BACKGROUND States falling under the Indo – Gangetic belt, such as Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh, have abundant water resources in the form of higher level of water table. However, smallholders face the… Continue reading Irrigation simplified through treadle pumps

Coping with weather uncertainties through agro-meteorological advisories

Real-time weather information and crop advisory services prepare farmers for responding to weather uncertainties in Maharashtra BACKGROUND Farmers of Sangamner and Akole blocks of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra are highly dependent on seasonal rainfall. This reliance increases during extreme events such as drought, storms, cold and heat waves, affecting agricultural production and farmers’ livelihood. Climatic… Continue reading Coping with weather uncertainties through agro-meteorological advisories

Water and energy conservation through Tensiometer device

A low-cost, farmer-friendly device to measure soil moisture by saving water and energy in paddy irrigation in Punjab BACKGROUND Indian Punjab is a leading agricultural state, with about 4.2 million hectares (mha) of net area sown and almost one million operational land holdings. Introduction of high yielding varieties of rice and wheat coupled with assured irrigation… Continue reading Water and energy conservation through Tensiometer device

Technological solutions for water efficiency

Technological interventions have a  critical role in addressing issues of water security at the grassroots level. They can not only bring significant improvement in water use efficiency but also enhance access to water in difficult geographies. The interventions have been proven excellent in irrigation planning, reducing wastage of water and energy, and improving water use… Continue reading Technological solutions for water efficiency