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Agriculture and Water 
Water is the most critical resource for development. The effects of this resource can be felt not only in agriculture, but in areas such as industrial and economic development and, most critically, on the environment. This issue of Connect is on the theme of Agriculture and Water. S M Sehgal Foundation founder and chairperson, Dr. Suri Sehgal, in his writings, Tryst with Destiny Part 1 and 2, traces the challenges faced by agriculture in light of doubling farmer’s income by 2022, and the statement by India’s first prime minister, “Everything else can wait, but not agriculture.” Dr. Sehgal discusses an approach to enhance food security in India.

Articles and Blogs

Sensitization and Awareness-Building for WASH Behavior Change

By Sumit Kumar and Yashi Gautam

Tippy-taps, the low-cost solution for a handwashing station are simple and locally made systems for washing hands with running water with no hand touch, motivate people to practice handwashing in an appropriate manner. Read more . . .

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Nestlé India and S M Sehgal Foundation launch Project Vriddhi 2.0 
Project Vriddhi focusses on an integrated approach of well-being, including education, sanitation, water conservation, and improving farm livelihoods. In its second phase, the initiative is expanding to the villages of Naharpur and Gabanspur in Punhana block to improve the lives of the locals through holistic rural development. The launch of Project Vriddhi2.0 was on July 6th in village Rohira, Nuh, Haryana. Read more . . .


Gender Training for Field Staff

S M Sehgal Foundation organized a virtual gender training for its field staff on July 5-6, 2021. The two-day training was organized by Equal Community Foundation, Pune, for the foundation’s 100-plus members. The staff team explored gender from a human rights lens and discussed how to make all our programs more gender inclusive and gender sensitive.

Webinar: Household Water Treatment and Storage

Sehgal Foundation conducted a webinar,  “How HWTS can support the government agenda of safe water coverage in India,” on July 21, 2021, in collaboration with INREM Foundation and CAWST. Panelists discussed the importance of HWTS and how HWTS can support the Jal Jeevan Mission. 

Sehgal Foundation launches a six-week virtual course (three hours a week) on HWTS, for water professionals, students and academia, beginning in September 2021, available free of cost. 

Click Here to enroll in the course.

Webinar: Community Participation and Development Communication for Sustainable Rural Development

Sehgal Foundation was invited to speak at a webinar organized by Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, on “Community Participation and Development Communication for Sustainable Rural Development.” On July 27, 2021, Ms. Anjali Makhija, COO, and Ms. Pooja O. Murada, principal lead, Sehgal Foundation, shared approaches in community participation and development communication.


A case of Productivity: The GAP report

The Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) is produced by Virginia Tech, which has long been a leader in empowering people around the world to sustainably produce agricultural and food products. S M Sehgal Foundation’s contribution as a Consultative Partner to the GAP report helps share our knowledge and experience in agriculture, conservation, nutrition, and the needs of small-scale farmers. 

Watch video of the virtual GAP 2020 report launch where Sehgal Foundation’s principal lead, Agriculture Development, speaks on agricultural productivity.


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Join Us!

Sehgal Foundation invites interns to join us in promoting rural development by sharing their skills and experience for empowering people in rural areas. We are currently accepting select virtual internships due to COVID-19. See the list of projects available for virtual internships. Also see a video tutorial on Internships at Sehgal Foundation.


Editorial Team: Arti Manchanda Grover, Marly Cornell, Pooja O. Murada

Photo Credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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