March 16, 2018
Farmers working in a vegetable farm in Ompora in Budgam ensure availability of fresh produce across the state in winter. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Kashmir’s vegetable farmers reap rich dividends

Bringing more land under vegetable cultivation and using technology, farmers in Kashmir have made fresh produce available for the state in winter and for other states in summer

March 12, 2018
Girls become dancers to escape poverty, but end up being exploited by their masters. (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Purulia’s nachaniyas still dance to escape destitution

Exploited by their so-called masters, the folk dancers of rural Bengal have no option but to keep dancing and entertaining to escape poverty and destitution, shunned by society and with no help from the government

March 7, 2018
A young girl in Pamohi village stitches reusable sanitary pads for distribution among rural women. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Pad women of Assam start menstrual hygiene movement

Young women have brought about a change in the mindset of rural men and women in Assam about menstrual hygiene and steered the women towards better hygiene with reusable cloth pads

March 2, 2018
Sunil and Nagamani at the Sarathi Jhalak radio station during a program. (Photo by Sudha Narasimhachar)

Community radio creates waves of change in Karnataka villages

Run primarily by women, the Sarathi Jhalak radio station has brought administrators, experts and villagers on the same platform, giving rural communities a voice

February 26, 2018
The pond in Tarapur, reclaimed from a saltpan, will enable farmers to grow vegetables. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Tarapur villages use saltpan to harvest water

Although land and groundwater around the Tarapur atomic plant had turned saline due to seawater ingress and presence of a saltpan, villagers have successfully redeemed and reclaimed the land

February 23, 2018
The entire family is involved in the slow, laborious process of making jaggery. (Photo by Chithra Ajith)

Families in Neikkarapatti make jaggery, unmindful of challenges

Sugarcane farmers in this part of rural Tamil Nadu have been adding value to their produce through a slow and arduous process, and offer jaggery as a healthier alternative to sugar

February 19, 2018
The Abadnagar check dam has not fulfilled the purpose of irrigating farms. (Photo by Gautam Sarkar)

Poorly designed check dams leave Birbhum farmers high and dry

As against government’s promise to make water available through the seasons, inadequate check dams have not brought any relief to farmers in this semi-arid region who continue to struggle for sustenance

February 16, 2018
Tashi Tsonma of Rumbak Village fetches hot water from a solar heater. (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Snow leopard conservation brings socioeconomic benefits to Rumbak village

A remote hamlet in Leh’s high altitude Hemis National Park constantly loses its livestock to snow leopards, but have turned to homestays around conservation tourism, reaping rich rewards

February 12, 2018
Supriya Gaddam at her Polam Farm in Medak in Telengana. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Permaculture sets new agenda for agriculture in Telangana

Many progressive farmers in Telangana are turning barren land into productive farms by adopting permaculture, which involves developing a sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural ecosystem

February 9, 2018
Many men in Kuha village defecate in the open in spite of having a toilet at home. (Photo by Gajanan Khergamker)

Gujarat’s cleanliness success exists only in numbers

Although Gujarat was declared open defecation free in October 2017 based on the number of toilets constructed as part of the Swachh Bharat mission, the ground reality is different in the rural areas of the state