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Water and Climate-Smart Agriculture

Food and water security are also being impacted by climate shocks. Adverse climate events have a major impact on people, especially in developing nations. There is, thus, a need to address the issue of food security by promoting an equitable and healthy food cycle particularly for countries that are vulnerable. Climate-resilient agriculture practices include adaptive agricultural methods that can withstand the shocks of climate change and weather shocks.

This issue of Connect focuses on the interdependence of water and agriculture and how climate-resilient agricultural practices help in sustainable agricultural development.  Sehgal Foundation works with farmers to achieve food security in India by uplifting and building capacities of the farming community, thereby increasing their income. Interventions in agriculture through modern technology and mechanization have the potential to address hunger and malnutrition as well as challenges including poverty, water and energy use, climate change, and others.


Sehgal Foundation's Green building in Gurugram, Haryana, is an example of  environment-friendly and  sustainable structures. Built according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standards set by the Indian Green Building Council and the U.S. Green Building Council, the building provides a conducive atmosphere to the occupants as compared to conventional buildings. Take a virtual tour through this video.

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Green Buildings Improving Health and Productivity of Employees

Stories from the Ground

MatiKalp: A low-cost solution for safe drinking water 

By Yashi Gautam

Vaishali district lies in the middle Ganga plain of North Bihar, which reports a high prevalence of arsenic, iron, and microbiological contamination in the groundwater. Due to lack of awareness, knowledge, and availability of alternate sources, the population is bound to consume contaminated water. Sehgal Foundation promotes the adoption of a low-cost water filter, MatiKalp, aiming at providing access to safe drinking water. 

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Ludo, Snakes and Ladders: Driving behavior change in communities 
By Arti Manchanda Grover
Local participation is critical for the success of any development program as it allows for representation and inclusion of local knowledge and practices, leading to more equitable and sustained outcomes. Information, education, and communication (IEC) has been a strategy to spread awareness to rural audiences to achieve a desired positive result. Read more . . .

Latest at Sehgal Foundation

Certificate course on HWTS 
Sehgal Foundation in collaboration with CAWST has launched a virtual certificate course on Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS), beginning September 3, 2021. This course offers self-learning opportunities to practitioners and enthusiasts through online learning modules, technical briefs, webinars, quizzes, and questions and answers, building capacities aiming at SDG 6.1 Safe and affordable water for all.

International Youth Day campaign and radio series 

Sehgal Foundation conducted a social media campaign featuring experiences of their work with the foundation as interns and volunteers. The week-long campaign featured video reels showing interns marking the International Youth Day, August 12.  Visit our Insta handle  for campaign updates. In addition, Sehgal Foundation’s community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8 did a program series on Young Warriors that talks about youth issues amid COVID-19, and prepares youth for spreading COVID-19 awareness in rural communities. The six-episode series supported by UNICEF and Community Radio Association (CRA) engages youth to be ambassadors of change in their communities. 

Training and Capacity Building on WASH 
Sehgal Foundation conducted a three-hour training on Biosand Filter Technology organized by NIRDPR-National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj on August 25, 2021. Important subjects such as why should we treat water, an introduction to JalKalp biosand filter (BSF) technology, contamination removal by BSF technology, and safe water storage and handling were discussed.  Sehgal Foundation Water Research and Training, principal scientist, Mr. Lalit Sharma, and principal lead, Water Management, Mr. Salahuddin Saiphy, conducted the training. Mr. Lalit Sharma was also invited as an expert on the Water Quality Management Course organized by INREM Foundation to educate on water treatment technologies and choosing appropriate solutions.

Recognition from Government
Sehgal Foundation received an appreciation certificate from the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), recognizing Sehgal Foundation for its prompt compliance with the GST. 

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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

Contributors: Ellora Mubashir, Salahuddin Saiphy, Yashi Gautam

Photo Credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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