Features

July 24, 2017
Farmers weighing their produce at the weighbridge in Singur. (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Singur emerges as procurement hub for local farmers

Once the infamous political battlefield centered on the construction of a car factory, Singur in West Bengal has become a beacon of hope for local farmers, who sell their produce wholesale at fair prices at a state government promoted marketplace

July 21, 2017
Marathwada farmers are fighting against all odds in the current kharif season. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Farmers in Maharashtra fear loss of kharif harvest, blame Met department

Farmers in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra are expecting a decline in crop yield during the autumn harvest and are holding the India Meteorological Department responsible for incorrect forecasting

July 17, 2017
Farmer Dinesh Kumar of Machhahi village in Bihar has been promoting the use the curd mixture. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Grassroots innovation using curd reduces farming costs in Bihar

A curd mixture using copper has become popular in many parts of northern Bihar despite a lack of scientific validation because it has cut the cost of cultivation while increasing productivity for many small and marginal farmers

July 12, 2017
Farmers of Nalapad harvest groundnut from their multi-crop field. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Tribal women of Sundargarh make organic farming a life-changing economic activity

Tribal communities in Sundargarh district of Odisha have revived the traditional practice of growing food without the help of chemical fertilizers and made it viable economically by making pragmatic changes

July 10, 2017

Safflower cultivation sees drastic fall despite benefits

Despite its many health advantages, the cultivation of safflower for its oil is declining across India because farmers are not finding a ready market and are discouraged by the low prices it fetches

July 7, 2017
Manjula Ganga Mirki (centered) of Bhetwadi village is confident that the embankment will harvest enough rainwater to last them through the next summer. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Tribal village in Palghar ensures water availability through summer

Residents of water-scarce village of indigenous people in Mokhada have collectively built a concrete embankment on a dry rivulet to harvest rainwater and become water-sufficient

July 3, 2017
A toy maker and his wife in Raghurajpur village in Odisha. (Photo by Jael Silliman)

Odisha village continues to keep traditional art alive

The iconic village of Raghurajpur in Puri district is home to over 300 artists who are still actively practicing traditional forms of painting and dance while keeping pace with the digital age

June 28, 2017
The use of bullocks for farming is decreasing in India. (Photo by Mallika Viegas)

The unsuitable boy of India’s cattle economy

The problem of male cattle in India, the world’s largest milk-producing country, remains in limbo even as farmers grapple with latest government regulations that severely restrict cattle trade and culling

June 26, 2017
Led by village headman Krusna Kadraka and Dasara Kadraka in an earlier mission to collect lost millet varieties, the women of Kadarguma prepare to walk to their clan families in remote hamlets. (Photo by Manipadma Jena)

Millets travel from tribal farms to dinner tables

The indigenous Dongria Kondh community in Odisha is helping to restore the popularity of native varieties of millets that can grow in droughty weather conditions, even as millet products gain traction among affluent consumers for their many health benefits

June 23, 2017
Women of Nosariya village in Rajasthan at a workshop to learn the art of tie and dye. (Photo by Jigyasa Mishra)

Tie and dye add color to women’s lives in Nosariya

Learning the traditional art of coloring fabrics is enabling many women in rural Bikaner to add an additional source of household income in an area where patriarchy makes it difficult for them to step out of their villages