This issue focuses on the important theme of 'Understanding Drought in India'. India's over dependence on rainfed agriculture and the increasing variability of monsoons due to climate change underscore the importance of understanding the varied impacts of droughts in the country. Since the impacts of droughts are manifold, this issue focuses on the various aspects of droughts such as their incidence, typology, impacts on agriculture and other means of livelihood along with the plight of persons with disabilities (PwDs) living under drought conditions. All these factors serve to highlight the urgent need to evolve suitable mitigation and preparedness strategies to safeguard the country from the adverse impacts of this slow onset disaster.
Meticulously researched and engagingly written, this issue of Southasiadisasters.net is an attempt to further the understanding on this important theme of understanding the risk of droughts in India.
This issue's contents includes: (i) Drought Risk and Agricultural Research in India; (ii) Droughts in India: Types of Occurrence; (iii) While Building Shields against Drought in Kerala; (vi) Drought and Persons with Disabilities: What is The Connection? Exclusion or Inclusion?; and (v) Water Deficit Himalaya.