Ishan Agrawal
Ishan Agrawal works with Foundation for Ecological Security, a non-governmental organization, and is based in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. He is a postgraduate in rural management from IRMA and a Lead India fellow.
August 4, 2017
A village council meeting being held in Barkheda village to discuss community issues. (Photo by Ishan Agrawal)

Successful self-governance in Barkheda leads others to embrace gram swaraj

Restoration and effective management of village commons to the financial benefit of the community in Barkheda village of Madhya Pradesh has prompted 90 neighboring villages to adopt self-governance

July 26, 2017
The villagers of Varoti contributed voluntary labor to build a well for drinking water. (Photo by Sunil Jorkar)

Varoti villagers demonstrate the power of collective action

A new model of active engagement between villagers, the implementing non-profit and a corporate philanthropic foundation in Varoti village in Maharashtra shows a new way forward for development interventions through the corporate social responsibility route

July 24, 2017
Farmers weighing their produce at the weighbridge in Singur. (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Singur emerges as procurement hub for local farmers

Once the infamous political battlefield centered on the construction of a car factory, Singur in West Bengal has become a beacon of hope for local farmers, who sell their produce wholesale at fair prices at a state government promoted marketplace

July 21, 2017
Marathwada farmers are fighting against all odds in the current kharif season. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Farmers in Maharashtra fear loss of kharif harvest, blame Met department

Farmers in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra are expecting a decline in crop yield during the autumn harvest and are holding the India Meteorological Department responsible for incorrect forecasting