This working paper from the International Water Management Institute aims to create a comprehensive understanding of how the impacts of Climate Change will be realized at different scales in Nepal, from household livelihoods to national food security, and the many institutions governing the overall adaptation process.
Sanjay Khatau’s passionate commitment is for the tribal people who, facing the brunt of climate change, find themselves disoriented from their traditional moorings.
Tribals are experiencing erratic rainfall, longer summer months, and shorter winters. Their traditional cropping patterns, which included cultivation of millets, harmonized with the seasons. They are now being thrown out of gear by soil erosion, multiple sowings and gradual destruction of soil fertility.
The public distribution system offering low prices for rice has paved the way for complacency. Indigenous farmers now lease their land for cash crops. The young people migrate to cities for better prospects. The hope is that they would in the course of time return to look after the land.
My Paper Boat is the story of a little boy, we keep meeting somewhere or rather everywhere in the heart of India. He lost his play space due to the drought. He is now confused on where to leave his paper boat. So he is looking around for various means to make it move. For…