One of the most urgent challenges facing the world today is ensuring local water security under rapid climate variability and change.
This is of particular importance in a country like India, where over half of the people are involved in farming, and agricultural losses due to climate change are estimated to be as high as 30 per cent by 2080. This ethnography in the arid village of Bhiwadi, West Rajasthan empirically links the reintroduction of local water harvesting technologies with the building of sustainable social reproduction in subsistent communities. By emphasising both the role of gender and the informal economy – and institutions – this ethnography provides a more thorough picture of the individuals and collective actors involved in localised and resilient technologies within global economic and climatic processes.
This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 43.2 (2012) Redefining Water Security through Social Reproduction: Lessons Learned from Rajasthan’s ‘Ocean of Sand’