November 17, 2014

Sacred Forests as Bioreserves: Conserving Natural Resources & Protecting Livelihoods

Elise Ursin EcoAgriculture Partners Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

The Siliserh Chhind Landscape encompasses 30 villages in Rajasthan, India and is characterized by Siliserh Lake and the flat-topped Aravalli hills, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Water scarcity and low rain falls (with the exception of monsoon season) leave much of this area somewhat infertile, and therefore, growing crops is not […] ...
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October 20, 2014

Systematic Planning for Wastewater Reuse in Agriculture

Priyanie Amerasinghe International Water Management Institute Priyanka Nanayakkara University of California, Los Angeles

Across villages and cities in India (and around the globe), water plays an undeniably vital role in human survival and resilience. In today’s world, wastewater could possibly be playing an even bigger role, particularly in agriculture development, although this is not well documented due to its informal nature. Urban return flow, or wastewater, constitutes 70-80% […] ...
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July 8, 2013

Legislating Food Security in India

As the world’s second most populous country, with nearly one and a quarter billion people and about 600 million of those involved in agriculture, India is an important country to watch with regards to agricultural land management and food security. However, the question of how to best relieve some of the food insecurity and poverty […] ...
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June 19, 2013

Don't Let Our Future Dry Up

“Don’t Let Our Future Dry Up.” These words tried to capture a sense of collective responsibility for sustainable use of land and water as Monday marked the 18th annual World Day to Combat Desertification. With 2013 designated by the United Nations as the International Year for Water Cooperation, and resilience to water scarcity becoming an ever-greater [&hell ...
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May 3, 2013

When New Age Technology Meets Old World Farming: ICT in Action

The 21st century has brought countless examples of technological innovations that have changed the way we interact with the world. Great strides over the past decade in both the access to and development of information and communication technology (ICT) – including mobile phones, GPS Systems, barcode scanners,  Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and smartcard readers – ...
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February 11, 2013

Landscape of the Week: Traditional Farming in the Jeypore Tract

As mentioned on Friday, today is the first convening of the Indigenous Peoples Forum held at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). A wide range of landscapes globally are managed by indigenous people. In addition to the importance of recognizing these groups’ rights and unique perspectives, many traditional land management approaches can also help [& ...
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October 10, 2012

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, or GIAHS, have been defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as “remarkable land use systems and landscapes which are rich in globally significant biological diversity evolving from the co-adaption of community with its environment  and its needs and aspirations for sustainable develop ...
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August 9, 2012

Worms for Water in India

Examples of success from the field are not only due to good practices, but also partnerships that Published as part of Reuters’ Alertnet ‘Battle for Water’ news coverage, a video by the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) depicts an effort in India to improve soil fertility, water management, and rural livelihoods. Dungar ...
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July 5, 2012

Promoting Resilient, Adaptive, and Sustainable Agricultural Practices in India

The Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) is promoting a new Crop System Intensification agenda. The agenda demonstrates the significance of promoting sustainable agricultural practices and protecting resources through a community and farmer based approach.  WOTR recognizes that managing food security and sustaining livelihoods while protecting natural resources is not possible ...
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