Women empowerment, Livelihoods, food and nutrition security in the wake of climatic changes – a case study

*This article is a brief from the case study done for one of the NGO.*khatijaIndian census of 2011 indicates 70% of Indians still living in rural areas. Despite all sorts of economic development in the past 2-3 decades, there are still high rates of unemployment  about 49 unemployed / 1000 people in urban India and 51 unemployed / 1000 people surveyed in rural India according to  (Ministry of labour and employment – GOI, 2016). Often the marginal community suffers the most. What do you hope to find in coastal Indian villages interior to a city? For some it is despair and despair and yet for others it is Despair but hope – hope for better tomorrow.

However there are stories of courage, of people who have risen from nothing to something with their own will power. And this case captures well as to how women empowerment initiatives along with alternative livelihoods and food and nutrition security initiatives for vulnerable women can come as a climate adaptive strategy.

This is story about Khatija –a  fisher women, a salt pan labourer who turned to become a community mobiliser and an organic farmer.

It describes her journey to confident living and her vision for not just herself but her fellow women residents, uplifting of community and of her village as well while intacting them against climatic changes and addressing many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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Building Environment conscience through volunteer participation through unique Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies

Commemorating Environment Day – 5th June 2017 with Seed ball events

Tree plantation is an easy strategy to cater to climate change mitigation as well as aid in climate change seed balls.jpgadaptation. In order to cover the vast tracts of barren and degraded lands with relative ease, rather than tree plantation, seed balls are planted or scattered in the vast tracts of land and left to nature to do its regeneration works. This activity is most preferred before arrival of monsoons. Benefit of seed balls scattering  over scattering the bare seeds  is that the chances of seeds being consumed by rodents or birds or other insects is avoided, also seed balls wont roll away easily or be blown away by winds or flown away by water easily and thirdly they will only germinate when rain has fallen and conditions are favourable for seeds to germinate. Thus if we look at resource efficiency and outcome it makes perfect sense to work on seed balls as chances of germination and making the barren land green are much higher with lesser effort.

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Tree Plantation event this Earth Day 22nd April


A tree plantation drive was organized to commemorate Earth Day 22nd April, Saturday at Amruta Society Park at Rajkot, Gujarat, India. It was citizen driven initiative with support from RMC (Rajkot Municipal Corporation) by way of providing space and plants.  The effort was to bring in community building and environment consciousness and action for better and greener environment promoting positive social changes for and by Rajkot citizens under the aegis of Ecology club of Rajkot while making it an active club to host more and all such events for greening our city making it climate resilient in a way.

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A wonderful experience – a citizen led – citizen participation movement @ Rajkot city: Cyclofun 29th Jan 2017: On way to Low carbon mobility !

In the first ever cycling event held by Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC), Rotary Mid town Rajkot Cycling Club (RCC) and others, January 29 2017 would be etched in memory for Rajkot citizens who observed and participated in good numbers.  This is a personal account of the cyclothon event participation and its connections to broader climate change, pollution and civic sense issues.

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Traditional varieties of Rice, Climate change and food security!

This is an Article based on the Expert Talk by Dr Debal Deb at Akshat Mohatsav – a unique Rice heritage exhibition | Ahmedabad | 16-17 April 2016 and my thoughts interweaved. 


Akshat Mohatsav – was a unique Rice heritage exhibition held at Ahmedabad on 16-17th April, IMG_20160417_153423185.jpg2016. This unique rice heritage exhibition showcased 1800 varieties of traditional rice varieties from 11 states ( Sikkim, Assam, Jharkhand, West Bengal, MadhyaPradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala) of India.

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