Features

January 20, 2020

Community sows seeds of conservation, saves rare endemic trees

A species recovery program implemented in a degraded sacred grove that the local community sought to restore has resulted in conservation of endemic and threatened species of trees

January 15, 2020

Land allotment helps single women live with dignity

The Odisha government’s free allocation of land, combined with the central government’s housing funds, have enabled single women in rural areas to build houses for themselves

January 13, 2020

Land rights on pastures empower deprived communities

Giving land rights to landless and nomadic people in Maharashtra on degraded pastures have provided these marginalized communities with a reasonable livelihood

January 10, 2020

Artisans sustain art of Dashavatar cards in new avatar

January 6, 2020

Water stress evaporates once a river flows

January 3, 2020

Kitchen gardens improve nutritional diversity of Kondhs

Overcoming taboos and becoming more knowledgeable about abundant local foods, malnourished Kondh people in Odisha are bringing diversity to their food baskets through backyard kitchen gardens

January 1, 2020

Coastal farmers harvest riches with hardy vetiver

Farmers in India’s east coast, which is vulnerable to cyclones and floods, have found commercial success by growing vetiver, a perennial grass also known as khus that has a variety of uses

December 27, 2019
The elderly in villages, like Sakharam Dhendle and Pandurang Dhendle in Ghasir, have severe mobility restrictions and spend substantial amounts on medicine (Photo by Abhijeet Jadhav)

Healthcare of elderly suffers with youth migration

With little livelihood opportunities in villages, the youth in rural Maharashtra migrate to cities, leading to delayed healthcare of elderly dependents and increased medical expenses

December 25, 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

December 23, 2019

Accessible education for deprived rural students

Established in rural areas lacking in development, state-run model schools in Rajasthan are offering quality education for free to students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds