News Digest - August 2019

Highlights of the month

WOTR felicitated at Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2019 

WOTR was recently felicitated at the 2019 Satyamev Jayate Water Cup award ceremony organised by Paani Foundation. WOTR has been the knowledge partner for the Water Cup since its inception in 2016. The vision of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is to create a people’s movement in Maharashtra in order to make every village in the state drought-free. Watch it here

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‘Kali Aai Nirogi Tar Ahe Na?’ (A technical manual on soil health)

This manual in Marathi aims to provide farmers a complete introduction to soil health management. It explains the concepts of soil health, properties of soil, soil testing, factors affecting soil health, importance of organic carbon in the soil. The publication also recommends the measures to be taken according to the condition of the soil. Read more

Consultation on Ecosystem Based Natural Resource Management

WOTR organised a consultation of different stakeholders to discuss the Ecosystem Based Natural Resource Management and Adaptation Projects. Participants from NABARD, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Bharati Vidyapeeth and Department of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra were present in the consultation. Read more

WOTR's participation at the Policy BootCamp organised by Vision India Foundation

Senior Researcher Dipak Zade recently participated at the Policy BootCamp organized by Vision India Foundation, a non-profit initiative which works on public policy and governance. The Policy BootCamp was a 21-day residential program focused on public policy, social leadership, and nation-building. It also involved engaging with politicians, bureaucrats, academicians, social workers, thinkers, policy entrepreneurs and more. Read more

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Collaborative Action Necessary to Achieve 'Water for Sustainable Development'

In light of the acute water crisis affecting both India and the world, collaborative action is necessary to achieve the goal for sustainable water usage. Read the blog post by Policy Research Intern, Rahul Dev Sinsinwar on how WOTR has been committed towards participatory rural appraisal (PRA), wherein community members are made aware of the importance of groundwater, its recharge and the need to conserve. Read more

WOTR Articles


Water stewardship to be ‘climate smart’ – Lessons from Maharashtra 

Recent reports by the Central Ground Water Board and the Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency in Maharashtra highlight the critical issue of water scarcity and falling groundwater levels in the last five years. Here, our researchers Dr.Eshwer Kale, Dr. Marcella D’Souza and Arpan Golechha describes the Water Stewardship Initiative which aims to promote climate-smart water governance through community participation in the Ahmednagar, Dhule and Jalna districts of Maharashtra.  Read more


Multilayer farming -Towards household food and nutrition security in times of climate risks

Innovative steps are the need of the hour to balance nutrition security with land and water trade-offs. One such step is 'multi-layer' farming, described in the article below by WOTR researchers Prithviraj Gaikwad and Shreya Banerjee. Through multi-layer farming, farmers are becoming more self-reliant, better-equipped and resilient in the face of recurring droughts and simultaneously meeting the food and nutrition requirements. Read more

Anandkumar Ratkal is Regional Coordinator, WOTR Telangana and Andhra Pradesh RRC, Hyderabad. He has been with associated with WOTR since 2004. He shares his story in our 'WOTRian of the month'.

"The main reason I was attracted to development sector was that it gave me a chance to work with people and in the field of agriculture, which I always wanted. Working in WOTR means working at the grassroots, and with communities."  
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Apoorwa Ganguli

"I am an MA graduate in Sociology, from Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia and joined WOTR in June 2019. I am currently working in impact assessment. I was keen to intern at WOTR, as this organization has done pioneering work in both watershed development and gender mainstreaming. I have read extensively about the rural areas of our country and the conditions there, but when I actually joined WOTR I got a ground-level view. I stayed in villages in Aurangabad district and interacted closely with the local people there." Read more

Photogallery for August 2019

65 volunteers from HSBC and 45 community members participated in the plantation drive at Kalamkarwadi village in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

System of Rice Intensification (SRI) demonstration at Sonpura village, Karauli Cluster, Rajasthan
An awareness campaign on water literacy in Bhojdari village in Maharashtra, under the Water Stewardship Initiative
WOTR's agriculture and technical experts conducted a training session for village resource persons on village level social audit of MGNREGA. The program was organised by 'Jafrabad Panchayat Samiti, Maharashtra
Farmer Field School for pearl millet crop at Mandhibhat village, Karauli Cluster, Rajasthan