Monday, July 15, 2024
New Study Unveils Key Insights for Boosting Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Farming Systems: WOTR
  SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend  

PUNE, India, June 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- A comprehensive study conducted by researchers from W-CReS (WOTR Centre For Resilience Studies) and Wageningen University (the Netherlands) has shed light on crucial insights to enhance climate resilience in semi-arid farming systems. The study, spanning a period of 15 years and encompassing two case studies from Maharashtra, examined the effectiveness of various interventions and their impact on agricultural productivity, water resources, soil health, and community well-being.

The findings of the study published in the International Journal of Water Resources Development, indicate that initial watershed development interventions in the studied areas resulted in intensified agriculture and altered cropping patterns. However, this approach led to declining groundwater tables and deteriorating soil health over time, underscoring the limited success of conventional agricultural development pathways in semi-arid regions.

The study emphasizes the need to prioritize adaptive capacities alongside agricultural productivity. Neglecting the development of adaptive capacities and focusing solely on irrigation infrastructure without demand-side management exacerbates vulnerability to climate change in the long run. The study highlights the importance of community engagement, capacity-building, and inclusive decision-making in promoting climate resilience.

Moreover, the research demonstrated that the introduction of climate-resilient agriculture, water stewardship initiatives, and interventions to improve food and nutrition security led to positive outcomes in terms of climate resilience indicators. These interventions were designed to raise awareness and empower local communities to manage their own resources effectively.

The study calls for an urgent focus on non-farm livelihoods in national and state rural development plans. By prioritising the needs of small farmers, landless households, and marginalized communities, such a strategy is crucial to improve equity, diversify income sources and thereby reduce exposure to and risk from climate variability. Amongst both large and small landholding farmers, the study highlights the benefits that collectives, such as Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) can bring in in terms of strategic investments, bargaining power, economies of scale and profitability.

The research underlines the importance of access to technology, climate information services, and farmer-friendly advisories. Efforts to develop locale-specific, crop-specific, and user-friendly advisories face challenges, including technological barriers and the need to consider the behavioural preferences of farmers, particularly those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Commenting on the research, lead author Arjuna Srinidhi stated, "Our research highlights the complexity of enhancing climate resilience in semi-arid farming systems. It underscores the need for a context-specific and multi-pronged approach that prioritises the health of the ecosystem, participatory and inclusive decision making, diversifying income sources and includes a focus on monitoring, evaluation and learning within the design of all interventions."

The study's insights have significant implications for policymakers, development practitioners, and stakeholders involved in rural development and natural resource management. By incorporating these findings into evidence-based policy and promoting inclusive and adaptive decision-making, we can effectively address the challenges faced by farming communities in the face of climate change. The study will be included in a forthcoming special issue of the journal titled 'Water resource management in agriculture for achieving food and water security under climate change in Asia'.

About WOTR

WOTR is a nationally and internationally recognised non-profit and think tank dedicated to transforming the lives of millions of poor across India through participatory watershed development and eco-systems restoration, climate resilient sustainable agriculture, integrated and efficient water management and climate change adaptation, with a special emphasis on building resilience of vulnerable communities, farmers, and women.

Established in 1993, the non-profit organization WOTR works at the intersection of practice, knowledge and policy to ensure food, water, livelihoods and income security to disadvantaged communities on a sustainable basis.

Headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, WOTR has a presence in eight states and provides services to agencies across all states of India and from 63 countries. The organisation aims to develop ecosystems in an integrated manner for the well-being of poor communities. WOTR has worked in 4,395 villages and has impacted over 4.43 million people cumulatively since 1993. These figures cover projects in all its areas of implementation, training and capacity building activities.

About W-CReS

Realising the significant knowledge gap in developing 'evidence-based climate risk mitigation and adaptation strategies', The WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) was established in 2016. W-CReS bridges the gap between science, policy and practice and contributes towards building adaptive and resilience capacities at all levels by engaging with institutional and other stakeholders.


Cision View original content to download multimedia:

More News by PR Newswire India


Kushal's Fashion Jewellery Festive Collection, adorned by Tara Sutaria, beautifully combines glamour and elegance

Unilumin Group Signed an Agreement with Saudi Arabia in the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

Transport Corporation of India Ltd. (TCI Group) has been recognized as a Maritime Excellence Achiever at GMIS 2023 by The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways on 19th October 2023

Bitget Introduces 'Futures Quant' With AI Features

Bitget's Q3 Growth: Second-Highest Market Share Surge and Record High for BGB Holders

HarperCollins Publishers India is proud to announce the publication of SPREADING JOY: How Joyalukkas Became the World's Favourite Jeweller by Joy Alukkas with Thomas Scaria and Nidhi Jain

Go Global or Go Home: New Report Reveals Companies Lacking Global Presence Will Lose Growth Opportunities

MOVIN rolls out the second phase of Electric Vehicles in Bengaluru paving the way for greener deliveries in logistics

Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd. (MOFSL) launches #CorporateMushaira, an audio-first campaign for the World Investor Week

UBBF 2023 Intelligent IP Network Summit in Dubai an Impressive Success

Placing Them Right: IBS Path to MBA Career Success

HDFC ERGO reiterates its commitment on making health insurance Accessible, Affordable and Convenient with launch of 6 new products and 2 service upgrades

capSpire expands its global footprint with entry into the Singapore market

GTPL Hathway records its highest quarterly revenues from operation

CCTV+: International reporters experience the romance and vitality of Hangzhou, China

STL expands its Enterprise Networking solution portfolio with Estelan

Mantittude: Skincare for Men encourages men to unleash their inner 'Pataka' this Diwali

The 134th Canton Fair Opened with Optimized Structure and Upgraded Scale


Ugreen unveils power solutions and personal data storage at the Gitex Trade Show in United Arab Emirates.

Meridean Overseas Education Consultants Announces Half-Day Leave to Celebrate India vs. Pakistan Cricket Match

Xinhua Silk Road: Huai'an, UNESCO creative city of gastronomy, explores innovative dev. of food industry via premier regional food expo

Xinhua Silk Road: Fengxin County in E. China's Jiangxi celebrates bountiful harvest of kiwifruit

Casio to Release G-SHOCK Watches with Shining Metallic-Colored Dials

UEG Week 2023 : Babies with a low birthweight four times more likely to develop fatty liver disease in later life

CGTN: Diffusion of tea and its culture along the Silk Road

NEOM announces Leyja, its latest sustainable tourism destination

Expand North Star 2023 kicks off in Dubai gathering game-changing start-ups to accelerate on global stage

World Health Summit kicks off in Berlin

Hexaware Technologies announces new office in Dehradun to bolster its global delivery network

Chinese automotive industry has overtaken to supercars

Participants of the Made in Russia business mission to India held more than 150 negotiations with local importers and distributors

Rummy Passion Raises the Bar: Instant Withdrawals Now Available for All Tiers

Odisha: Lord Jagannath, siblings placed ...
Heavy rain lashes parts of Delhi; many a...
Home Minister speaks to CMs of Assam, UP...
BJP workers stage protests against Delhi...
After this government came into power, d...
Jharkhand Chief Minister Soren meets Pri...
 Top Stories
Sopra Steria launches an internatio... 
Rustomjee Group Unveils 'Ocean Vist... 
Lanka Premier League 2024: Gurbaz-S... 
Bulkcorp International receives in-... 
Union Sports Minister inaugurates B... 
Mari State University Celebrates MB... 
Pakistan: 3 die as car plunges into... 
Russian Army marches on 'Made in Bi...