India has been severely affected by drought—one-third of the country is either drought-prone or classified as desert. Odisha’s geographic location makes it vulnerable to various natural disasters and climatic risks so the Population Council conducted a study there to explore the impact of drought on people and their resilience, as well as examine the perceptions of state-level infrastructure and institutional initiatives to strengthen responses to droughts. The study found that farmers, laborers, and the poor are severely affected physically, financially, and psychologically as a result of consecutive droughts that have affected agriculture and livelihoods. The report notes a number of actions taken by the government to combat drought situations, and includes recommendations to meet the needs of the population as indicated by the findings.
Patel, Sangram Kishor. 2018. "Community-level assessment of droughts in Odisha: Effects, resilience, and implications," research brief. New Delhi: Population Council.
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