Features

September 24, 2018
Women of Diezephe craft village make traditional and contemporary clothes on the traditional loin looms (Photo by Ninglun Hanghal)

Naga villagers revive traditional crafts and weaves

Villagers of Diezephe near Dimapur have revived their traditional crafts and weaves by adapting to market demands and by using modern tools, and have found themselves an ecofriendly livelihood

September 21, 2018
Farm ponds not only help fulfill agricultural needs, but also help women maintain better personal hygiene and health (Photo by Meghna Mukherjee)

Farm ponds improve lives of Singhbhum women

Constructed to ensure water security for cultivators, farm ponds have also helped rural women by reducing their daily treks to fetch water for domestic needs, and improving their personal health and hygiene

September 17, 2018
With ginger and cardamom failing them, West Bengal farmers like Sonbir Rai have started growing coffee in a part of their lands (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Upland farmers shift to coffee for better prospects

Suffering losses from traditional crops of ginger and cardamom, farmers in the mountainous areas of Kalimpong and Darjeeling in West Bengal have started growing organic coffee for better returns

September 14, 2018
Madhavi of Chakkamkandam village has seen the pristine backwaters turn into a cesspool, contaminating even their open wells (Photo by Arun P.J.)

Rural community at receiving end of temple town’s sewage

Commercial establishments catering to religious tourism in the temple town of Guruvayur have contaminated the ground and surface water of a village in Thrissur by releasing raw sewage into natural drains

September 12, 2018

Tripura’s fish farmers net benefits of captive fisheries

Fish farmers in the Sepahijala district of Tripura have formed collectives to successfully rear fish seeds and table fish. This collective livelihood initiative has increased their incomes by reducing risks and costs

September 10, 2018
Since most women in rural Odisha do not have titles over land, they are provided no compensation by the government against crop loss (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Women farmers suffer due to unequal land rights

Although they are often the actual cultivators, the lack of land rights among women farmers in Odisha has resulted in chronic distress because they are unable to get government loans or compensation over crop loss

September 7, 2018

Assam village become trailblazers in adaptive agriculture

From seed banks to rainwater harvesting, one village on the banks of the Brahmaputra River has spread innovative agriculture through the region, as farmers battle against worsening floods and droughts

August 31, 2018
Young, educated professionals from villages of Uttar Dinajpur in West Bengal are turning to their roots, reviving ecofriendly farming (Photo by Moushumi Basu)

Bengal youth lead revival of heritage rice varieties

A bunch of young professionals have chosen to stay back in their villages in Uttar Dinajpur in West Bengal to revive the heritage of folk rice varieties that were once cultivated by their ancestors

August 29, 2018
Tribal people in Kerala’s Attapady administrative block suffer from mental illness (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Kerala moves swiftly to treat Attapady’s tribes

The lynching of a mentally ill tribal youth has spurred Kerala to create jobs for tribes living in the progressive state, besides surveying them to identify the mentally ill, treat them and rehabilitate them

August 27, 2018
Munda tribes have transitioned from a self-sufficient community to a group seeking new opportunities. (Photo by Tripta Sharma)

Munda tribes of Jharkhand desire inclusive development

Once self-sufficient, the Munda farming community in Jharkhand has accepted changes in governance that promises social and economic development. But, inclusive development has eluded them