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Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences An open-access publication for refereed proceedings in hydrology

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Proc. IAHS, 373, 115-118, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-373-115-2016
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12 May 2016
A socio-hydrological comparative assessment explaining regional variances in suicide rate amongst farmers in Maharashtra, India
Nadja I. den Besten et al.

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Maharashtra is one of the states in India that has witnessed highest rates of farmer suicides as proportion of total number of suicides. We interpret the crisis using a socio-hydrological model in two adjoining regions in Maharashtra, Marathwada and Desh, with higher farmer suicide rates in the former. The analysis confirms existing narratives: low (soil) water storage capacities, no irrigation and access to alternative sources of incomes are to blame for the crisis.
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