Experiences

November 20, 2020

Crop diversification helps farmers double income

Tribal farmers, who were cultivating a single traditional crop, have doubled their income, by switching to high value crops and also by diversifying their crop basket

November 18, 2020

Camel milk inspires hope for herders

With an increase in awareness of various health benefits of camel milk, its sale has increased, boosting rural economy and livelihood of traditional camel herders

November 16, 2020

Lockdown drives embroidery artisans to alternate jobs

With sales dwindling to a low during the lockdown, artisans who undertake skilled embroidery, have been forced to shutter workshops and switch to other means of livelihood

November 13, 2020

Community restores private forests for sustainable future

Private forest owners have been restoring degraded lands, improving green cover and livelihood opportunities. The initiative helps in biodiversity conservation and maintenance of wildlife corridor as well

November 11, 2020

In Kashmir, no migrants to reap rice harvest

Inexpensive migrant laborers work the paddy fields in Central Kashmir. As they have left due to the lockdown, farmers and their families are stepping in to harvest the crop

November 9, 2020

Mentoring helps tribal youth choose new careers

Career counseling and training help tribal youth develop skills and choose new vocations, resulting in social upliftment, women’s empowerment and changes in societal norms

November 6, 2020

Medicinal herb ushers prosperity for Sagar Island farmers

Given the demand for brahmi in national and international pharma and nutraceutical markets, farmers in Sagar Island are switching from paddy to organic brahmi cultivation and getting good financial returns

October 23, 2020

Women herders lose authority as pastoralism declines

Changes in farming practices and climate crisis affecting nomadic pastoralism, traditional herders opt for settled living. As they migrate for other jobs, women bear the burden of added responsibilities

October 21, 2020

Returned migrants take to smuggling for want of livelihood

In villages of West Bengal close to the Indo – Bangladesh border, migrants back home during the lockdown have been lured into smuggling for financial sustenance

October 14, 2020

Elephants establish new habitat in Andhra Pradesh

Farmers suffer crop damages as elephants re-colonize the state after centuries. While Wildlife Week celebrations are on, experts advocate long-term planning to minimize conflicts