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April 1, 2020

Mishing women practice social distancing by solo weaving

Women of Mishing tribe, who weave traditional clothes in groups at a community center, now weave alone at home, practicing social distancing to check the spread of coronavirus

March 13, 2020

Community college helps tribal women pursue vocational education

As we commemorate International Women’s Week, young tribal women in remote villages pursue vocational education towards their livelihood, in a college in familiar surrounds at timings that suit them

March 11, 2020
Women who had conserved and preserved indigenous seed varieties brought the same to the festival that encouraged them to revive agricultural biodiversity (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Seed festivals put spotlight on conservation of indigenous seeds

As we commemorate International Women’s Week, in remote villages of Odisha, women farmers, traditional custodians of seeds, are conserving indigenous seeds, reviving soil health and nutritional biodiversity

March 6, 2020

Life skills education prevents child marriages among Odiya tribes

Life skills education empowers tribal girls with knowledge, self-awareness and decision making capacities, helping them rise above social customs and pressures. It has resulted in decline of child marriages

February 7, 2020

Nand Gawalis struggle to sustain pastoralist lifestyle

Traditional pastoral communities find upkeep of indigenous cattle and migratory lifestyle unsustainable because of shrinking common grazing lands, restricted access to forests and water shortage

January 31, 2020

Community kitchens help tribal children overcome malnutrition

Rough terrains hampering access to anganwadi centers and hence nutritious food, men bring anganwadi ration to the village; women cook in a common facility and feed the children, to fight malnutrition

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