Experiences

April 21, 2021

Community restores grasslands, makes village drought-resilient

Grasslands conservation, initiated to ensure water availability has increased the water table, resulting in reverse migration and cultivation of crops, and prevention of soil erosion

April 5, 2021

Tribal women reap benefits of collective farming

Switching to modern agricultural practices and coming together as producer groups have helped women farmers have the bargaining power about their produce and earn more

March 31, 2021

Bihar farmers grow makhana to tackle weather uncertainties

Climate-induced extreme weather events damaging their traditionally grown maize and paddy crops, farmers have switched to growing resilient foxtrot, known for its nutritional value

March 24, 2021

Farmers go green by growing organic cotton

Switching to organic farming practices has resulted in improved soil health. It has reduced cost of cultivation for farmers, despite organic cotton fetching the same market price

March 17, 2021

Lockdown program helps villagers access welfare schemes

An initiative launched to offer relief during lockdown has helped returned migrants and those who lost their livelihood access government’s social welfare schemes

March 10, 2021

Bengal’s traditional shellac dolls face lacklustre future

Lack of demand coupled with rising cost of raw material has sounded death knell for shellac dolls in West Bengal with just a single artisan practicing it

March 8, 2021

Cooperative helps rural women gain financial independence

Celebrating International Women’s Day gives members of a rural women’s collective the opportunity to reflect on their improved livelihood and progress with renewed zeal towards financial sustenance

February 22, 2021

Women get trained for employment and starting enterprises

Second Chance program helps girls who had quit education take up jobs after a short training, and helps women farm and set up small units

February 17, 2021

Paddy farmers reap rich harvest through SRI cultivation

Growing paddy the traditional way pushed farmers into poverty as the yields were low. Switching to SRI method has helped them harvest more than twice the normal yield

February 15, 2021

Plant nurseries bear fruits of success, empowerment for women

By coming together as a group and raising plant nurseries, women who were being exploited by money lenders, earn more to feed and care for their families better