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WOTR research explores innovative agri solution to address water scarcity in the Maharashtra

The innovative GMI models offer a sustainable solution to water scarcity, crucial for the future of agriculture in Maharashtra.

The research, conducted by W-CReS (WOTR’s research arm), explores an innovative agricultural solution to address water scarcity in the semi-arid regions of Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra. The study, titled ‘Understanding the Mental Models that Promote Water Sharing for Agriculture Through Group Micro-Irrigation Models in Maharashtra, India,’ focuses on Group Micro-Irrigation (GMI) models, treating water as a common good to manage resources judiciously.

 This research paper featured in ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Socio-ecological Resilience in the Face of Climate Change,’ published by Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Springer Nature.

This research aims to reach a wider audience to positively impact various regions dealing with water scarcity and agricultural sustainability. The innovative GMI models offer a sustainable solution to water scarcity, crucial for the future of agriculture in Maharashtra.

Key Highlights:

1. Group Micro-Irrigation (GMI) Models: The research introduces GMI models, treating water as a common good rather than privately owned. This approach aims to manage scarce water resources judiciously and equitably.

2. Semi-Arid Regions: Focusing on the critical areas of Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra, where water-related adaptation strategies are urgently needed, the GMI models have been successfully implemented in Tigalkheda (Jalna district) and Bhangadewadi and Ranmala hamlet (Ahmednagar District).

3. Results and Impact: The study showcases tangible outcomes, including increased agricultural growth, knowledge, and income. Farmers adopting GMI models have transitioned to organic fertilisers, efficient water use through drip irrigation, and the cultivation of commercial crops.

4. Challenges and Resilience: Despite success, the research highlights challenges such as initial discouragement, diverse perspectives delaying group formation, and climate change effects like dust storms and irregular rainfall. The study emphasises the resilience of these innovative models in the face of adversity.

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