Articles Archive

Nov 02, 2016

Women in Guphu show power of collective action

Collective action has enabled many women in Khunti in Jharkhand to rise out of poverty, providing them with new opportunities and ensuring greater choice in their lives

Oct 31, 2016

Community initiative recharges water table in Kumbharwalan village

Collective action through a pani panchayat (water council) has enabled a remote village in Pune district of Maharashtra to provide for adequate irrigation in this rain shadow area prone to droughts

Oct 28, 2016

Another autumn of uncertainty for Kashmir’s saffron farmers

A most prized harvest, the falling production of saffron in the villages of Pulwama is now a serious concern for farmers who have been traditionally growing the rare flower

Oct 26, 2016

Social forestry provides useful lessons in participatory democracy

The road to participatory democracy cannot be paved with good intentions alone but needs resources, sustained work and self-critical reflection by villages and voluntary organizations alike

Oct 24, 2016

Gorang Valley battles water woes as perennial springs retreat

Drying streams in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand have made life difficult for women as they wait for watershed management to bear fruit in a couple of years

Oct 21, 2016

Can this crisis in the heart of India be allowed to continue?

The economic exploitation and developmental neglect of the core tribal areas of India’s eastern plateau and hills across Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have to be tackled through practical solutions unhindered by ideological blinkers

Oct 19, 2016

Camel herders of Kachchh fall into decline as commons shrink

The unt maladharis (camel pastoralists) of Kachchh have seen their herds dwindle as pastures are appropriated and the unique swimming camel struggles to find mangroves to graze upon