Livelihoods

March 29, 2017
Despairing farmers driven to suicide has become a common phenomenon in India. (Photo by Prabhu B Doss)

Droughts, floods, and suicides: What Bihar can teach Maharashtra and other states

A deeper dive is needed to draw insights from the low prevalence of farmer suicides in Bihar than in more developed regions of India such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh

March 24, 2017
Phincho Tsering Dukpa has decided to sell more than half of his land because of frequent losses. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Wild animals spoil farmers’ hard work in Darjeeling

Crop depredation by wildlife is one of the biggest problems facing the livelihood security of many farmers in Darjeeling, with most of them losing up to 40% of their crop every year

March 20, 2017
A betel leaf vineyard in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

After defeating Posco, farmers turn to reclaim betel leaf economy

The formal closure of Posco’s steel plant project in Odisha is seen as a victory of agrarian economy over unwanted industrialization and the betel leaf farmers of Jagatsinghpur are rejoicing, although those who lost their land face new challenges

March 17, 2017
A farmer couple on their way to the market with their jackfruit harvest. (Photo by Sri Padre / Adhike Patrike)

Jackfruit enjoys a second spring in Kerala

Growing profusely in the state, jackfruit is no longer a neglected crop in God’s own country because it is fetching high returns for farmers and there’s increasing awareness and acceptance of its many uses

March 15, 2017
The Barak River routinely floods its banks in the rainy season every year. (Photo by Monica Roy)

Living with the clockwork floods of Barak River

The state seems to be indifferent to the plight of the large number of people settled in the Barak Valley in southern Assam, and they are left to fend for themselves when the river routinely floods its banks every monsoon

March 13, 2017
A woman in Sikkim working in her organic vegetable farm. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Organic farming starts paying dividends in Sikkim

Ever since Sikkim was declared fully organic in January 2016, local farmers say it is helping them increase their incomes, although connectivity for rapid transportation of farm produce continues to be a stumbling block

March 6, 2017
Rakesh Kumar of Chakwara village in front of his cauliflower seed farm. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Pockets of prosperity bloom in Vaishali due to cauliflower seed farming

A combination of modern farming techniques and savvy marketing of cauliflower seeds is providing a large number of young people in Vaishali a lucrative livelihood and has halted out-migration completely

March 1, 2017
The food supply chain from farms remains weak in India. (Photo by Mallika Viegas)

Land comes in between plough and plate

Increasing fragmentation of cultivated land in most parts of India makes it difficult to build supply chains of produce from farm gates to end consumers in an efficient and viable manner

February 27, 2017
Villager Agni Devi at a papaya garden that is a part of the Hesatu forest. (Photo by Chhandosree)

Growing a forest transforms Jharkhand village

The residents of Hesatu village have successfully raised a thriving forest over 365 acres of wasteland without any intervention from the state or civil society organizations that now supports livelihoods in many ways

February 24, 2017
A Bodo woman working at a traditional handloom in Rowmari village. (Photo by Action for Northeast Trust)

Bodoland families smart under ravages of climate and conflict

A combination of ethnic conflict and climate change has pushed thousands of distressed families in western Assam towards a precarious existence