News Digest - July 2019

Highlights of the month

Ecologic Newsletter

In this issue of Ecologic, there are four stories related to sustainable agriculture practices. It also has a guest article 'Weather based crop advisories for climate resilience' by Dr. AVR Kesava Rao and Dr. Sreenath Dixit of ICRISAT describing how crop management advisories through mobile phones yield positive results for farmers in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. Read more

New publication

Inclusion of Local Aspirations in the Village Development Plans: A Case Study of the Semi-Arids in Maharashtra

Participatory governance at the village level allows for active deliberations by all sections of a village community.

Such dialogues, regarding their needs and the requirements, in turn, lead to an efficient bottom-up approach of planning. National and state plans need to take into account local aspirations. In this paper, we take a closer look at the village development plans of 4 villages in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Read more

Latest blog post 

In Maharashtra, the State government has introduced schemes like ‘Magel tyala Shettale’ (Farm Ponds on Demand) and ‘Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan’ to address drought. Farm ponds have become a crucial tool for farmers by providing access to water. Read our latest blog post by researcher Ankita Yadav which takes a closer look at farm ponds and their impact, in six villages in Sangamner, Maharashtra. It also underlines the need for the farm ponds, built according to the prescribed guidelines. Read more

WOTR Article

Practitioner’s Perspective on the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan (JSA)

In 2015, the Government of Maharashtra launched the JSA, with the aim of making 25,000 villages in Maharashtra drought-free. At WOTR we fully support the goals of the Abhiyan and would like to put forward some suggestions on how to improve the quality of its implementation. Read our statement, published in Economic and Political Weekly, to the article '“Can Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan Prevent Drought in Maharashtra?” by Neha Bhadbhade et al (EPW, 22 June 2019). Read more


Workshop on 'Water Budgeting' in Telangana 

We are delighted to inform that WOTR conducted a presentation on July 17, 2019, in the Nagarkurnool district of Telangana on the theme of 'Water Budgeting and Responsible Management of Water Resources'. The presentation was organized as part of the 'Jal Shakti Abhiyan-A Water Conservation Campaign' organised by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Government of Telangana. Read more

WOTR makes presentation on "Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Watershed Development" to Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board, UNDP

We are delighted to inform that our researchers Arjuna Srinidhi and Prashant Kalaskar represented WOTR and the WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) at the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board and UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BioFin) consultation meeting in Pune on July 26, 2019. There, they made a presentation on 'Mainstreaming biodiversity in Watershed Development'. Read more

We are happy to inform that Watershed Organisation Trust recently made a presentation on our pioneering Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI) at the ORACLE Partners meet in Mumbai. At the meet, our staffers explained the benefits of the WSI and the impacts it was having in over 100 villages of Maharashtra and Telangana. In particular, the Participatory 3D modeling of the groundwater resources, done as part of the WSI, was highly appreciated. Read more

WOTR, Rotary Club launch WSI in 10 villages of Jalna district

We are happy to inform that WOTR with the support of Rotary Club Of Bombay, Eagle Seeds, Mahyco and Biotech Limited initiated Water Stewardship Initiative in 10 villages of Jalna district in Maharashtra recently. This initiative is launched to build the cadre of water stewards at villager level who will take the responsibility of ensuring the sustainable, efficient and judicious use of water resources. Read more

WOTR in the News
We are delighted to present with you an article in Forbes India that brings the impact of our work in selected villages of Marathwada. Thanks to the WSI, villagers are shifting to less water-intensive crops, taken up organic farming techniques and have water even in the summer months. A key takeaway is that for ensuring water security, along with supply-side interventions, understanding the water as common property and its management by local people is important. Read More

Nine dead, 564 hospitalised in this year’s heatwave in Maharashtra, says DHS data

The ongoing heatwave in Maharashtra has led to nine deaths and 564 persons hospitalised. The districts in Vidarbha and Marathwada are most affected. At WOTR combating heat stress has been an area of work for us. Read more

WOTR Films
Our new film describes Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) process applied to explore the desirable scenario of Water in Jalna. It also shows how the stakeholders in Jalna came together to discuss their concerns about water situation and find out concrete actions to achieve their desirable future.  Watch it here

Water is Life

'Save water, save life" is a popular slogan. But how do we practically implement it, in our daily life? What can we do, as citizens to use water efficiently? Watch it here

At WOTR, we firmly believe that 'saving water' should be a part of our lifestyle and daily habits. In that spirit, in the video 'Save Water' we show, how often we waste water in our daily lives. The video instead shows us practical tips on how to save water and ensure that we become responsible in our usage  Watch it here

In memory
A tribute to Dr. Priyank Joshi

It is with deep sadness and grief that we, the WOTR family, announce the passing of Priyank Joshi, of the Madhya Pradesh Regional Resource Centre. Priyank passed away on July 11, 2019, at the age of 38. He was working in WOTR since 2004. Priyank's departure has left a huge vacuum in the hearts and minds of countless people, both within WOTR and outside. We at WOTR convey our deepest condolences to his family. Our thoughts are with them.  As a small token of our appreciation, we share the following video, which gives an insight into his personality. Watch it here

Gyanprakash Berwal is currently a project manager at our Regional Resource Centre in Udaipur, Rajasthan. He has been with WOTR since 2009. He shares his story in our 'WOTRian of the month'.

"My vision in life is to serve others without any selfish ulterior motives and to help my family members become self-sufficient. I consider myself lucky that I have got and get diverse experiences and knowledge from this sector, which I feel is difficult to get in other sectors. In that sense, I am still trying to evolve as a human being."  
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Photogallery for July 2019

WOTR organised a 2-day awareness campaign on water literacy in Mhaswandi village in Maharashtra, under the Water Stewardship Initiative

An organic demonstration plot of tomatoes in Binda village, Jharkhand

WOTR makes a presentation to government officials in Murhu, Jharkhand as part of the Central Government's Jal Shakti Abhiyan

Women making dashaparni ark (organic formulation) in Chapner village, Jalna district