Features

July 19, 2019
Through stories and games that demystify menstruation, schoolgirls in rural Jharkhand learn about menstrual cycle and hygiene (Photo by PHRN)

Village girls shed fear and shame about menstruation

Through a health initiative that demystifies menstruation by using games and stories, schoolgirls in rural Jharkhand are learning about menstrual health and the importance of nutrition

July 17, 2019
A community-based public-private initiative that caters to the needs of senior citizens, has improved the physical and mental health of elderly people such as Laxmibai Naitam (Photo by Abhijeet Jadhav)

Community-based care improves lives of rural elderly

A collaborative initiative in Maharashtra boosts the physical and mental well-being of senior citizens living in rural areas, while also providing a platform for interaction and improving positivity

July 15, 2019
Gulab Bagh mandi, the largest maize trading center in Purnea district. Traders are making a killing on high demand but cultivators complain of low prices (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Maize loses sheen for Bihar’s farmers

Seemanchal farmers, who switched from wheat and jute to water-friendly maize, are earning less despite high demand and good yield, and look to the government to intervene

July 12, 2019
The desertification of Rayalaseema has intensified the farming crisis in the region (Photo by Rahul M.)

It’s raining sand in Rayalaseema

Changes in crop patterns, waning forest cover, an explosion of borewells and the death of a river have produced dramatic effects on land, air, water and forests in Rayalaseema

July 8, 2019
The farm at Saguna, where the new rice-growing technique was introduced by Bhadsavle (left), attracts scientists like the former director of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Raigad farmers cultivate rice with less water

Farmers in many parts of Maharashtra are switching from water-intensive paddy cultivation to the innovative Saguna rice technique that manages soil and water more efficiently while yielding better harvests

July 5, 2019
Pashu sakhis such as Phulchun Devi of Jhitkahi village help women rear goats by offering various services as para-veterinarians (Photo by AKRSPI)

Rearing goats empower women in rural Bihar

From just grazing goats, women in rural Muzaffarpur have taken to rearing them and attending to their feed and health needs, empowering themselves with increased incomes in the process

July 3, 2019
A Kadwanchi vineyard being watered through drip irrigation and with the roots covered by straw to minimize evaporation (Photo by Joydeep Gupta)

Vineyards of hope amid Marathwada drought

Despite the drought gripping the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, one village in the region has flourished by growing grapes using innovative water saving methods

July 1, 2019
Madur artisans, most of whom are women, use a loom or a bamboo frame to weave the mats (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Weavers breathe fresh life into Bengal’s madur mats

Madur, the traditional woven reed mats of Bengal that saw a decline in use in recent times, have been revived by artisanal weavers with support from social enterprises and the state government

June 28, 2019
Unable to complete documentation formalities, elderly in rural areas like Asharfi Begum did not get the government’s old age pension, till educated youth helped them access it (Photo by Anand Pande)

Uttar Pradesh youth help elderly access benefits

Lack of literacy and complicated documentation were hurdles that hampered financially dependent rural elderly from accessing the government’s welfare schemes. Educated youth are helping them get the benefits

June 26, 2019
Large herds of elephants destroy paddy crops in Assam every year before harvest (Photo by Mike Pence)

Pepper helps Rabhas to live with tuskers

The Rabha people in Assam have taken to cultivating pepper in their homesteads to discourage elephants from ravaging paddy fields, and to also earn a neat income in the bargain