Category Archives for Adaptive Sustainable Development

Agri Scenarios

The image of Indian Agriculture has become rather stereotypical – the poor, thin, debt ridden farmer begging the skies for rain, the suicidal Vidarbha farmer or the rich sugar baron / zamindar. Older people in the village complain that the … Continue reading

14. October 2012 by admin
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Krushi Salla: Agro Advisories for farmers

A few months ago, the people of WOTR’s project villages saw a large paper with advice on farming adorning walls in prominent places in the village. This paper was not largely ignored or casually torn/ spat on like the usual … Continue reading

14. October 2012 by admin
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What comes, what goes, what remains?

“Ever thought about how much there is to learn from a glass of water?” This is how the session starts. A graphic is explained, leaving the audience a bit shocked. Then the facilitator makes 2 columns: Credit & Debit – … Continue reading

14. October 2012 by admin
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Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT)

The Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) is a unique tool developed by WOTR to assess vulnerabilities of communities in a particular area. It gives ‘indications’ of the vulnerability of communities to the hazard which they are most likely to face. The … Continue reading

14. October 2012 by admin
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Crop – Livestock Connect

In earlier times of rain-fed, single-crop agriculture, there was a strong link between agriculture and livestock as it supported communities in farm operations, enhancing soil fertility (manure), and transportation. All households, depending on their landholdings, kept cattle, bullocks, goats and … Continue reading

14. October 2012 by admin
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Shiswad – Raw, Rustic and Real.

Shiswad is in the midst of the magnificent Sahyadris, in the Western Ghats, in Northern Maharashtra. Sangamner, about 2 hours from Shiswad is the last town you will find on your way to this village. One might wonder if the … Continue reading

14. May 2012 by admin
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Q&A – A Layperson’s Queries about Renewable Energy

We are all somewhere sceptical about renewable energy. It still seems rather unbelievable that we can actually power our homes and gadgets by harnessing energy from the Sun or the Wind or for Heaven’s sake Cow dung and Organic waste!! … Continue reading

17. March 2012 by admin
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Hot Water Chullahs (HWC)

What Rural Women Want is the Hot Water Chullah (and what Men would too, if they cooked)..! The Hot Water Chullah is an in-house design by WOTR that brings about proper oxidation and so is a more efficient and relatively … Continue reading

17. March 2012 by admin
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Rural electrification can sometimes be meaningless…

It requires considerable skill to bike up the winding, treacherous slope to Khandwawadi, a hamlet about 5 km from the main village and right at the top of the plateau or pathaar. Coming down without skidding off the muddy slope … Continue reading

15. March 2012 by admin
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Did Maalwadi Gaothan have bright future?

Maalwadi Gaothan is a hamlet that is not on the electricity grid at all.  All the houses in this hamlet use kerosene lamps for lighting up their homes. These dim lights, barely sufficient to light up even one small room … Continue reading

15. March 2012 by admin
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