There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
In Maharashtra over the last many years, there has been a shift from food crops to cash crops. In this article, in Leisa India, our researcher Anuradha Phadare explains how this shift poses a risk to the food security of farmers, and brings out that crop planning can play a role in ensuring food and nutrition security and ensure greater resilience to climate change.