Sanjiv Phansalkar
Sanjiv Phansalkar is associated closely with Transform Rural India Foundation. He was earlier a faculty member at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). Phansalkar is a fellow of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. Views are personal.
June 7, 2017
Farm ponds to harvest and store rainwater could be an optimal solution in some places. (Photo by Aftab Alam)

Water control is the strongest anti-poverty measure

Once we realize that one size does not fit all, it will be easier for the government and civil society organizations to tailor strategies to manage water in the different agro-climatic regions of the country that truly benefits the rural poor

May 26, 2017
Fellows in rural India need serious handholding to make the effort effective. (Photo by Meghna Mukherjee)

Many fellows but not too many ships to anchor

To make fellowships that connect with rural realities really worthwhile, it is necessary to provide pointed guidance through mentors who are ready to engage, a vital aspect that many of the programs are not addressing adequately

May 24, 2017
A small pump irrigating an onion farm. (Photo by Hamish John Appleby / IWMI)

Small pumps are a viable solution for poor farmers

Although small pumps for irrigation doesn’t get the attention it deserves, evidence from groundwater-rich states such as Assam, Jharkhand and Odisha show that they have significant benefits for small and marginal farmers

April 28, 2017
Reaching irrigated water to farms remains a challenge in India. (Photo by Nagarjun Kendukuru)

Time has come to rethink the way we irrigate farmland

Rethinking irrigation needs to focus on end results and in exploring every possible way of reaching water to crop roots. For this to happen, perhaps the hegemony of the irrigation bureaucracy needs to come to an end