Articles Archive

Dec 16, 2016

Banni pastoralists see success in battle for survival

The Maldharis of the vast Banni grasslands in Gujarat show how people cope with enforced change caused either by natural forces or human intervention and how vulnerability can be turned into opportunity

Dec 14, 2016

Convenience drives farm practices more than sustainability

For all talk of sustainable farming practices than often entail increased drudgery, there is a clear trend that farmers are swayed by convenience and ease of use

Dec 12, 2016

A tale of two women and a watershed

Two unlearned women in a remote area of Bihar have broken gender stereotypes to emerge as community leaders and manage the construction of a watershed that now benefits 12 villages

Dec 09, 2016

Faulty farm ponds pockmark tribal villages in Palghar

Constructed under the Maharashtra government’s Jalyukt Shivar scheme to end water scarcity in the state, these structures hold no water. Some were washed away in the first rains, making a mockery of the implementation

Dec 07, 2016

Integrated organic farming revives Nemmeli’s fields

A holistic method of organic farming has reversed the harm reached to Nemmeli village due to high-intensity, high-inputs agriculture. It has also helped in pushing back soil salinity

Dec 05, 2016

New education policy fails to address issues of equity

The 2016 education policy of India reinforces the status quo through its tacit acceptance of stratified education, the intense focus on regimented outcomes and competition, and its inability to decentralize and empower teachers

Dec 02, 2016

Small vegetable and poultry farmers severely affected by demonetization drive

Three weeks into the surprise announcement by the government to withdraw high denomination currency notes from circulation, it is now clear that producers of perishable commodities such as vegetable and poultry have been seriously impacted