A decade of research shows that partnering with communities is vital if we are to meet growing food needs, while preserving the environment in two of the world’s largest river deltas. This is especially true in the face of climate change.
With nearly 30 million wells having sprung up during the last half century, India is a global hotspot of groundwater use. This book offers a window into the prevailing challenges and promising opportunities in the water sector in India. A review for the GRIPP network by Shailendra Nath Dwivedi of the Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, RD& GR, Govt. of India
Across South Asia today, male out-migration is a fact of life, particularly in the poorer Eastern states of India such as Bihar, not to mention Nepal and Bangladesh. This has led families to pursue a dual livelihood strategy, depending on both farming and migrant wage work, with neither able to fulfill their minimum needs alone, let alone provide opportunities for economic upliftment.
A new report from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) underlines the vulnerability of agriculture to climate hazards in South Asia.
While pollution of the Ganges appears to be an insoluble problem, demand for water – driven mainly by farming – is actually drying out certain sections of the river. Solutions exist but they require a complete rethink of current institutional frameworks and business models.
Hydropower development in Uttarakhand, India has been stalled due to disagreements with local communities. A research project recommends new policies on fair and structured benefits-sharing to ensure mutually beneficial and sustainable hydropower development.
A study in Nepal’s Tarai-Madhesh region highlights that, despite changes in the roles women are playing in agriculture, many of them are having trouble accessing water resources for irrigation. Recommendations have been developed in a new technical brief.