S. Gopikrishna Warrier
S. Gopikrishna Warrier is a Chennai-based journalist.
May 15, 2017
The vast expanse of water has degenerated into smaller water patches upstream of the Enamavu barrage. (Photo by S. Gopikrishna Warrier)

Kole farmers of Kerala reel under unprecedented drought

Inadequate freshwater supply from rivers and saline ingress has dealt a double blow to the rice farmers of Kole paddy lands in Kerala even as the state tries to cope with a severe drought

May 12, 2017

Women artisans of Thar Desert overcome adversity through embroidery

Undeterred by displacement from Pakistan during the 1971 war and resettled in the unforgiving Thar Desert, women now living in Bikaner district have used their skills of traditional embroidery to earn a living with dignity

May 8, 2017

Dry land distress drives people to break stones in quarries

A lack of livelihood opportunities is compelling villagers of Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh to take up jobs in local stone quarries, where unregulated work conditions are often extremely hazardous for their health

May 5, 2017
Farmer Jesuraj of Pudukottai in his farm where he practises agroforestry. (Photo by R. Samuel)

From subsistence farming to agroforestry and prosperity

Farmers in the southern reaches of Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu have turned to agroforestry to protect and boost incomes because falling groundwater levels and overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides had made agriculture unsustainable in the area