The Indus Basin is a system that supports a great number of people within and beyond its borders, but it is a system under considerable biophysical, social, economic and political stress. Planning for the future of this ever-changing, over-stretched system requires an open dialogue between scientists and policy makers.
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.
How solar irrigation in Bihar has helped double yields.
At a time when farmers across India are in distress, solar power-irrigated agricultural fields at Chakhaji village in Pusa block, Samastipur, Bihar, are lush green. Standing resplendently are bumper crops of peas, tomatoes, a variety of vegetables and tobacco. Since the solar power irrigation project was launched towards the end of 2016, dividends have been good. There is no more dependency on the polluting diesel pump sets or the vagaries of State electricity to pump water into the fields. Solar panels herald improved irrigation, carbon-free air and increased earnings for farmers.
From Hollywood and Bollywood to the media, NGO and corporate worlds, stories about harassment and discrimination against women in the workplace have captured global attention for months. And rightly so.
But what about the millions of rural women facing these injustices, who almost never make the headlines?
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
Following the success of the IWMI led pilot of providing Index Based Flood Insurance (IBFI) in Bihar, India, the World Bank and the Government of India are interested in making IBFI available in flood prone regions. The project is supported by WLE and CCAFS.
Following the success of the IWMI led pilot of providing Index Based Flood Insurance (IBFI) in India, the World Bank and the Government of India are interested in making IBFI available in flood prone regions. The project is supported by WLE and CCAFS.
At a time when India is reeling under severe drought, water expert Giriraj Amarnath, recommends effective water management techniques, integrated farming and use of clean energy in farming to overcome hurdles posed by water scarcity. Also a research group leader in water risks and disasters at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, Amarnath in an interview with TOI says India can build better resilience systems for farmers through improved knowledge and advance warning
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.