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April 7, 2024 Advancements in smart irrigation: IoT integration for sustainable agriculture
Enhancing efficiency through sprinkler irrigation (Image: Rawpixel; CC0 License)
April 1, 2024 Tackling India's water crisis: A blueprint for agricultural water efficiency
Women working in the field in India (Image: IWMI Flickr/Hamish John Appleby; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED)
March 13, 2024 As cities such as Bangalore grapple with the water crisis, understanding the value of conserving groundwater to prevent this from happening in the future is urgently needed!
Groundwater, a threatened resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
January 3, 2024 How has the shifting focus on rural electrification affected groundwater irrigation and agriculture in India? A study explores.
Rural electrification can affect irrigation practices. Image for representation purposes only. (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
December 28, 2023 The report presents six case studies on how sustainable agriculture programmes scaled up in the past in India
A farmer uses a hosepipe to irrigate crops at her farm in the Nilgiris mountains, Tamil Nadu (Image: IWMI Flickr Photos; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED)
May 16, 2023 For achieving real water saving through micro irrigation, a mechanism for water regulation and allocation is essential
Use of micro irrigation technology does not automatically result in a reduction in water consumption (Image: Anton: Wikimedia Commons)
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)
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)
A new perspective on water conservation for startups in Indian agriculture
Beyond the surface: Understanding water use in agriculture Posted on 25 Mar, 2024 05:44 PM

How do you save water? By using less of it? It sounds simple, but defining water use is more complex. Is it the amount of water drawn from the ground or piped supply for crop irrigation? Or is it the water consumed by the crops themselves to grow?

Drip irrigation in use (Image: IWMI Flickr)
Can traditional tanks help Bengaluru revive its declining groundwater levels?
A study that examined the contribution of tanks in groundwater recharge in urban Bengaluru found that presence of more impermeable surfaces in the city led to some amount of groundwater recharge from tanks, but was influenced by location, area concerned, water level fluctuations and alternative recharge sources available. Posted on 19 Mar, 2024 11:21 PM

Can traditional tanks help Bengaluru in reviving its groundwater levels and in preventing the growing water crisis that the city is currently facing?

Traditional tanks in South India

Tanks of Karnataka (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Valuing groundwater: A priority for India
As cities such as Bangalore grapple with the water crisis, understanding the value of conserving groundwater to prevent this from happening in the future is urgently needed! Posted on 13 Mar, 2024 06:06 PM

Urban India is sucking groundwater at frightening rates

Groundwater, a threatened resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Reviving the traditional tank irrigation systems of Andhra Pradesh
While encroachment, siltation, poor maintenance of traditional irrigation tanks limit farmers in Andhra Pradesh from accessing water in the command areas, strengthening WUAs shows a promising way forward to ensure maintenance of tanks at the community level and ensure water security for farmers. Posted on 28 Feb, 2024 10:34 AM

The tank irrigation systems of South India

Traditional irrigation tanks of South India. Image for representation purposes only (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Optimising water resources for agricultural productivity
There is a need for a comprehensive strategy, including robust policies, effective budget allocation, and grassroots empowerment, to ensure sustainable water resource management and agricultural productivity in India. Posted on 05 Jan, 2024 04:15 PM

Our needs are numerous, with food, clothing, and shelter being our basic requirements. Ensuring basic food security is paramount for any country, as relying on others for our survival is quite risky. Fortunately, rice and wheat are the two prominent staple food crops that are widely and abundantly grown in India to feed the masses.

There are challenges in educating farmers about sustainable practices
How has changing rural electrification impacted agricultural expansion in India?
How has the shifting focus on rural electrification affected groundwater irrigation and agriculture in India? A study explores. Posted on 03 Jan, 2024 09:00 AM

India has made impressive progress in rural electrification (RE) since the government of India shifted its policy focus towards universal household electrification since early 2000s.

Rural electrification can affect irrigation practices. Image for representation purposes only. (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Creating scalable, sustainable agriculture programs
The report presents six case studies on how sustainable agriculture programmes scaled up in the past in India Posted on 28 Dec, 2023 01:34 PM

The agrarian complexities India faces are large-scale and systemic, intertwined with socio-economic and environmental issues.

A farmer uses a hosepipe to irrigate crops at her farm in the Nilgiris mountains, Tamil Nadu (Image: IWMI Flickr Photos; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED)
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