India has a lot to lose if it doesn’t make better sense of its weather, especially for its farmers and for better disaster management.
The Sahara is the largest hot desert on Earth, covering more than 9,000 square km, comparable to the surface of China or the US.
A steady decrease in rainfall, the switch to water-intensive cash crops and ever-increasing borewells have lowered the water table in Nagarur village of Anantapur, leaving farmers struggling to keep their crops alive.
Residents of a tribal village who were denied access to water have collectively restored farm ponds to harvest rainfall to fulfill their water needs.
Amid a huge crisis that transcends the drought, some farmers of the region have died due to shock, while many others have committed suicide.
An over-emphasis on environmental stress overlooks the role of politics and economics in shaping the socio-economic landscape of the war in Syria.
“This is the third season in a row that families have had to endure failed rains – they are simply running out of ways to cope,” the FAO said.
The Maharashtra government’s Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver may not provide much relief to small and marginal farmers in Marathwada, who are caught in the debt trap of private moneylenders.
Anantapur is facing one of its worst droughts this year – and the depletion of groundwater and skyrocketing debts have only made it worse for the farmers in the district.
Can we use technology to solve the problems of farmers and create a possible e-governance framework to solve issues scalable from a farm level perspective to the entire nation?
Naidu’s statements come at a time when a spate of farmers suicides have rocked Indian polity and a number of agitations led by farmers are underway across various parts of the country.
Hit by weak monsoons, inadequate infrastructure and catastrophically poor water conservation efforts, India faces unprecedented water shortages.
In Somalia, the UN reports that 3.2 million people – that’s one third of its estimated 11 million inhabitants, are now on a ‘hunger knife-edge.’
Over 1,300 drought-prone villages of the state, as part of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017, are creating rainwater-harvesting structures to end their water woes.
Sukhatal is already being choked, and residents of Naini Tal fear that the lake that gives the town its name too may not survive for long.
After the century’s worst drought, Kerala is getting ready to harvest rain in its backyard wells, temple ponds and lush forests. It just needs to rain.
Farmers are once again wondering which crop will fetch them guaranteed good returns.
Farmers of Vedaranayam in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu are surviving the current drought by growing diverse crops that suit their soil, despite the failure of the rains and not getting water from the Cauvery River for many years.
Apart from economic gains and increased production, mixed cropping has helped a Tamil Nadu farmer save on water for irrigation – a precious resource in the drought ridden region.
Inadequate freshwater supply from rivers and saline ingress has dealt a double blow to the rice farmers of Kole paddy lands in Kerala even as the state tries to cope with a severe drought.
Crossing a border entitles refugees to international protection, whereas internally-displaced persons remain the responsibility of national governments – often falling through the gaps as a result.
Despite the fact that food crises can be prevented, they continue to arise due to the community’s collective amnesia on what has worked and what has not.
The insurance coverage in 2015 was 22.3%, with a government expenditure of Rs 2,955 crore. But by spending 4.5x since, how does the government admit to a coverage of only 23%?
R. Baskaran has been studying climatic variations and planning his crops accordingly to achieve a good yield, even under drought conditions.
Statistical analysis suggests that farmers in states that have amended the Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act are less likely to commit suicide, but further reforms are needed to reduce the incidence of farmer suicides across the country.
The lack of any law to protect groundwater levels is actively hampering any efforts to enable and encourage the natural replenishment of the NCT’s water table.
Having been criticised in the past for failing to predict the monsoons correctly, IMD has said it has now improved its system.
In one example, for livestock farmers, dung beetles increase foraging palatability, check the breeding of pests and help recycle nitrogen through the soil.
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Some 110 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhoea due to a drought that is causing widespread food shortage.
The ‘drought fighter’ helps reduce fuel consumption, making crop cultivation cheaper and more efficient.
The historic Tamil Nadu Agricultural University’s vice chancellor spoke to The Wire about the state of Indian agriculture and what Indian youth and the government can do to improve things.
Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in East Africa has ruined the agricultural economy.
Tamil Nadu continues to witness cycles of flood and drought annually. Mismanagement of traditional water management systems is one of the main reasons.
In many rainfall-scarce areas, groundwater has been exploited to plant water-guzzling crops like paddy and sugarcane, especially in Vidarbha and Rayalaseema.
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The Kerala government has decided to scale up the well-recharging programme called Mazhapolima (Rain Bounty) from Thrissur district to all parts of the state.
The national state of emergency comes after 172 of the country’s 339 municipalities declared their own emergencies related to the drought.
Nearly two decades after Balmati Naik died of starvation in Barlabaheli village in Odisha, her orphan son – who never fully recovered from the malnutrition of his childhood – and his family, are still struggling to survive.
Almost all the major and medium dams of Maharashtra, including Manjra, Ujani and Terna are overflowing for the first time since 2010.