May 20, 2019
Women farmers who grow flowers harvest them for three months, increasing their household income (Photo by Manish Kumar Shukla)

Flowers bring women sweet scent of success

Struggling to make a living from subsistence farming, women farmers in southern Rajasthan have succeeded in breaking the cycle of poverty and doubling household incomes by cultivating marigold and roses

May 17, 2019
Seed pens, while helping reduce plastic waste, provide the physically challenged with a home-based livelihood (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Physically challenged script success with seed pens

Biodegradable pens filled with seeds provide a viable livelihood to Kerala’s physically challenged people. While offering an ecofriendly alternative to plastic pens, these seed pens sprout plants after use

May 15, 2019
Women farmers of Gandichuan, who are members of a self-help group, enjoy food and nutritional security, enabled by interventions through their collective (Photo by Shashank Deora)

Women’s collectives need to think beyond livelihoods

Agricultural interventions by women have ensured nutritional security in many parts of rural Odisha. Building further capacity will now help them see themselves as change agents who can tackle societal issues

May 6, 2019
Merino sheep breeding helps maintaining a healthy stock and boosts wool and meat production (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Sheepherders conserve quality Kashmir Merino stock

Good management practices have helped sheep farmers to ensure a quality lineage of Kashmir Merino, a hybrid of the government’s crossbreeding program. It has boosted local production of wool and meat

May 3, 2019
A brass smith beats into shape a traditional brass pot that is no longer in demand (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Bengal’s brass workers labor to sustain tradition

The brass smiths of Birbhum are eking out a living making pots, but are competing against cheaper alternatives. They persist, hoping that government support and product diversification will sustain them

May 1, 2019
Revival of handloom has provided traditional weavers like Jaishree Habubhai of Adhoi village better livelihood (Photo by Ashish Kothari)

Traditional handloom weaves a comeback in Kachchh

The remarkable revival of traditional Kachchhi handloom by the vankar community could serve as a shining example of how India could tackle its severe livelihood, ecological and cultural crises

April 29, 2019
Kurubur Shantakumar, flanked by his farmer friends in a field of chia, the crop that has brought them good financial benefits (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Chia seeds earn bumper incomes for Mysuru farmers

Switching from traditional crops, farmers of Mysuru district in Karnataka have boosted agricultural income by cultivating chia seeds, which are becoming popular in India because of their nutritional value

April 26, 2019
Overcoming odds, women sought help under bank linkage program and took to turkey rearing as a viable livelihood (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Bengal women find viable livelihood in turkey

Overcoming hurdles and non-starter self-employment projects, members of women self-help groups persisted tenaciously and took to rearing turkeys, setting a successful livelihood trend

April 24, 2019
Dairy farming could yield rich dividends in the central and eastern tribal belts in the country (Photo by Flickr)

Dairy farming in tribal regions holds enormous promise

With a little help from the government and specialized agencies, the promotion of dairy farming among the tribal people of central and eastern India has potential to lift millions out of poverty

April 22, 2019
Manjula Amma's field next to Laxmisagar tank, where Bengaluru’s treated wastewater is stored, has sufficient water for irrigation (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Drought-hit farmers grow crops with treated wastewater

After Karnataka government pumped Bengaluru city’s treated wastewater into Kolar’s tanks last year, farmers made use of the raised groundwater table to grow crops amidst concerns of contamination