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Role of irrigation in improving farm efficiency in tribal villages of Eastern India
This study found that irrigation, mainly surface irrigation played an important role in improving farm efficiency among farmers, but was only accessible to farmers living in the plains. Posted on 13 Apr, 2024 03:21 PM

Agricultural productivity continues to be low in South Asian economies such as India. For example, the average paddy production per hectare in India is 3590 kg, which is much lower compared to 6686 kg per ha.

Paddy cultivation in India. Image for representation purposes only (Image Source: Pranamika Pathak via Wikimedia Commons)
Mapping groundwater in drought prone Marathwada
Mapping groundwater potential zones (GWPZ) can greatly help in efficient groundwater management through careful use and identifying areas for construction of recharge structures to improve groundwater resources in the region. Posted on 12 Apr, 2024 10:16 AM

As high as  0.6 million Indians suffer from high to very high water stress because of insufficient availability of freshwater.

Groundwater, a valuable resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Clearing the air
A grim reality: India's air quality dilemma as revealed by the World Air Quality Report 2023 Posted on 10 Apr, 2024 05:30 PM

The World Air Quality Report 2023, prepared by the Swiss technology company IQAir, was released on 19 March 2024. According to this report, India ranks as the third most polluted country in the world, following Bangladesh and Pakistan. Additionally, New Delhi, the capital of India, is identified as the most polluted capital globally.

Beyond breathable (Image: Mark Danielson, CC BY-NC 2.0 DEED)
New-age solutions for Bangalore’s water crisis
Charting a path towards sustainable water management in Bangalore: Strategies for resilience, equity, and innovation Posted on 10 Apr, 2024 04:27 PM

The unprecedented water crisis gripping the city of Bangalore demands urgent attention. With soaring temperatures, acute water shortages and district-wide drought declarations, the gravity of the situation cannot be overstated. Projections indicate an increase in water demand of approximately 800 million litres per day (MLD) by 2031.

Bengaluru faces unprecedented water crisis (Image: Rawpixel; CC0 1.0 Universal)
Addressing India's impending solar waste crisis
The solar industry should also explore innovative financing mechanisms and business models for solar waste management. Posted on 09 Apr, 2024 12:04 PM

As India progresses towards achieving net-zero status by expanding its renewable energy capacity, a recent study by the

There is a need for building collection centers, storage facilities, and recycling plants to manage solar waste effectively (Image: Syedsolar/RawPixel/CC0 1.0 Universal)
Exploring smart irrigation: Drip and sprinkler systems
Advancements in smart irrigation: IoT integration for sustainable agriculture Posted on 07 Apr, 2024 09:05 AM

Irrigation, vital for agriculture, involves supplying water through artificial means like pipelines and sprinklers. It enhances crop yields, accounting for 17% of global agricultural land and 40% of cereal output. India, with limited resources, irrigates 64.7 million hectares, enabling multiple harvests.

Enhancing efficiency through sprinkler irrigation (Image: Rawpixel; CC0 License)
Water in agriculture: Navigating the nexus of efficiency, innovation, and collaboration
Tackling India's water crisis: A blueprint for agricultural water efficiency Posted on 01 Apr, 2024 05:11 PM

India is widely acknowledged as one of the most water-stressed countries globally, exacerbated by the stark reality that it hosts 17% of the world's population but possesses only 4% of the world's freshwater resources.

Women working in the field in India (Image: IWMI Flickr/Hamish John Appleby; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED)
Sustainable solutions: Meghalaya's Water Conclave 2024
The conference concluded with the adoption of the Shillong Declaration, outlining key principles for sustainable water management and ecosystem preservation in hill regions. Posted on 01 Apr, 2024 11:00 AM

The Meghalaya government in February 2024 hosted its first International Water Conclave 2024 in Shillong. The gathering involved the engagement of diverse experts, scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders, exchanging insights and ideas pertaining to water management. The conference, emphasising knowledge sharing and learning, is slated to become an annual event.

Umiam lake, Shillong (Image: Vikramjit Kakati; Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 4.0)
FAQ - Stubble burning in India: Causes, effects, and solutions
Decoding the problems and solutions related to stubble burning Posted on 01 Apr, 2024 08:48 AM

Every winter, in the bustling city of Delhi and its neighbouring areas, a thick layer of smog settles and the air there is heavy with pollution - the consequence of a widespread agricultural practice known as stubble burning.

Burning of rice residues after harvest, to quickly prepare the land for wheat planting, around Sangrur, Punjab (Image: 2011CIAT/NeilPalmer; CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)
Himalayan lakes, under stress!
Despite the large dependence of the increasing population on Himalayan lakes, information on the lakes continues to be limited thus hindering their sustainable management. Posted on 31 Mar, 2024 09:19 PM

Freshwater lakes in the Indian North Western Himalayan region (INWH) are unique and an important source of water for the growing population in the region. The INWH region covers the two states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh in India.

Tso Moriri in spring (Image Source: Keith Goyden, India Water Portal)