New paper: Risks and responses in India’s drylands

The latest World Bank Report on climate change in South Asia proclaims “South Asia is highly vulnerable to climate change. And it’s getting worse”. There is an ever-increasing body of research showing that India is facing and will continue to face rising temperatures, more erratic rainfall, and more severe drought-like conditions. The implications of theseContinue reading “New paper: Risks and responses in India’s drylands”

Envisioning with empathy: Reflections on the Transformative Scenario Planning Methodology

Last month, my team organised and participated in a training workshop on a methodology called Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP). Aimed at envisioning and co-creating futures in situations that are seemingly stuck, cannot be resolved by one/few actors, and are complex and conflict-ridden, the TSP has been used across the globe from post-apartheid South Africa to democraticContinue reading “Envisioning with empathy: Reflections on the Transformative Scenario Planning Methodology”

Book Review: Water Resource Management in a Vulnerable World

Access to water is poised to be the issue future wars will be fought over, especially in the context of global climate change and its current and projected impacts. In Water Resource Management in a Vulnerable World: the hydro-hazardscapes of climate change, Daanish Mustafa, a Reader in Human Geography at King’s College, London, argues that the mostContinue reading “Book Review: Water Resource Management in a Vulnerable World”

Link Pack #5: Hydro-hazardscapes, waste management and mainstreaming CC adaptation

Book: I am reading the latest book by Daanish Mustafa (Reader, Geography at King\’s College, London) \’Water Resource Management in a Vulnerable World: The Hydro-hazardscapes of Climate Change\’. He introduces the concept of \’hydro-hazardscapes\’ to effectively capture the non-economic, socio-cultural values of water as well as emphasise the different constructions of threat as perceived by different stakeholders by usingContinue reading “Link Pack #5: Hydro-hazardscapes, waste management and mainstreaming CC adaptation”

Nero\’s Guests: A Documentary on the Indian Agrarian Crisis

P. Sainath is the Rural Affairs Editor at The Hindu. After a decade of covering farmer suicides in water-scarce Maharashtra, he has repeatedly witnessed men and women die, trapped by the twin issues of the commodification of the countryside and inadequate policy frameworks. He is, justifiably, an angry man. Nero\’s Guests is a documentary that followsContinue reading “Nero\’s Guests: A Documentary on the Indian Agrarian Crisis”

Harvest season: The important of social capital to a farming household

I\’m tired. And it’s only 8:00 am. I trudge along the dirt track that leads me to the latest village I have been frequenting. After two bus rides that pulverised my morning meal quite successfully, and a quick zip on a motorcycle, during which I nearly flew, I must complete the last 2 km onContinue reading “Harvest season: The important of social capital to a farming household”

What Makes You Happy? Unravelling well-being and personal satisfaction

Farmer prosperity is closely linked to food security. One of the questions I am most apprehensive about as well as look forward to most during my interviews with farmers is this: “What, according to you, is necessary for a farmer to be happy?”  Infamous as a person who drinks less water than a camel (yes, recently I hadContinue reading “What Makes You Happy? Unravelling well-being and personal satisfaction”

Humble beginnings: What do Jogilal Meena’s mittens have to do with my PhD?

When I started my Ph.D., I thought I had clear ideas. I was going to understand water scarcity and how it affected farmers. I was going to try and figure out why the crores of rupees the Indian government spent on water management programmes across the nation were yielding unsatisfactory results. I had studied aboutContinue reading “Humble beginnings: What do Jogilal Meena’s mittens have to do with my PhD?”

The Commodification of Water Part 2

\”If the wars of this century were fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water – unless we change our approach to managing this precious and vital resource.\”  ~ Ismail Serageldin, World Bank Vice President, 1995 The importance of water for sustaining life is one of the early lessonsContinue reading “The Commodification of Water Part 2”

The Commodification of Water: Deconstructing water privatisation

All of us have felt the joy of slaking one\’s thirst with water, washing away the unforgiving heat of a Delhi summer with a cool glass of water. But have you ever paused to think about where we get our water from? How are we using this resource? Is it finite or will be alwaysContinue reading “The Commodification of Water: Deconstructing water privatisation”