Category Archives for Sustainable Agriculture

Editorial

Rural communities face the daily reality of resource insecurity – a combination of scarcity (insufficiency inaccessibility and unavailability), vulnerability (weakness subject to damage and hazards) and stress (use exceeds availability). It is a very real condition of everyday life that … Continue reading

14. October 2012 by admin
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Agro-Met

Dry land farmers live dangerously. Their entire income is often dependent on a single season – the unpredictable Indian monsoon. A failed crop affects not just these farmers but also has dire implications for the landless poor. Being dependent on … Continue reading

14. October 2012 by admin
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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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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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The origins of SRI

Among the many ideas of Sustainable Agriculture floating around, System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is one method that stands out for successfully dealing with not just environmental and water management concerns in rice cultivation, but also provides farmers a cost … Continue reading

02. July 2011 by admin
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What is different about SRI

What is different about System of Rice Intensification (SRI) ? Origins of SRI In SRI the saplings are carefully transplanted singly, rather than in clumps, at the age of 8 to 12 days, which is a quarter of the age … Continue reading

02. July 2011 by admin
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Sattechiwadi: Replenished the right way

As I descended from Pune-Nashik highway into Sattechiwadi (located at the foothills of Baleshwar-Sahyadri range), I had the distinct feeling of leaving the outer world. I thought about what would happen if one of us urbanites had to live here… … Continue reading

02. July 2011 by admin
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So shall you reap…!

In the hot, dusty, water-starved regions of Mahboobnagar, Andhra Pradesh, is a small village whose rice fields stand shoulder-high. This is Damarigedda village. 14 farmers here stand with happy faces as they take away 31% more bags of rice than … Continue reading

02. July 2011 by admin
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Agrometeorology

If you want to respond creatively to climate variability you must also be aware of the climate. Climate variability has impacts on the drivers of livelihood in a village – land, crops, livestock, water, vegetation, biodiversity, etc.  We need to … Continue reading

31. March 2011 by admin
Categories: Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainable Agriculture, Water | 1 comment

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