Governance

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 10, 2019
A group of tribal boys playing football (Photo by Flickr)

Tribal and Dalit youth need new role models

There is need to promote talent among tribal and Dalit girls and boys and build them up as heroes in order to boost self-perception and identity of these depressed communities

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

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 19, 2019
Fishing in the Ansupa Lake (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Local communities restore Ansupa Lake in Odisha

In a remarkable turnaround, local communities have rejuvenated the weed-infested Ansupa Lake in Odisha in the span of just six months, boosting fishing and income opportunities from tourism

June 12, 2019
Many villages in the periphery of cities have taken to cultivating their farms with urban wastewater (Photo by Global Water Forum)

Peri-urban villages shrivel in expanding rings of dryness

The rapidly expanding cities in western and peninsular India are soaking up water from the surrounding countryside for their own needs, leaving peri-urban villages drier in an already water-scarce region

June 5, 2019
Farmers in predominantly upper caste hamlets are more aware of safety precautions, in using pesticides for instance, than in other hamlets (Photo by Ferdousi Begum)

Is unsafe behavior linked to social order?

Awareness about safety measures appears to be divided along caste lines in rural Rajasthan. Educating children and frequent awareness programs would ensure villagers’ safety in everyday life

May 29, 2019
Modernizing agriculture is the need of the hour (Photo by Nandu Kumar)

How to revitalize agriculture in India

The government needs to aggressively promote micro-irrigation and small-scale farm mechanization to improve agricultural productivity. It should also connect farmers with markets using latest technological tools

May 24, 2019
The new government can improve the lives of the rural populace with a few initiatives (Photo by Maureen Barlin)

Make lives better for rural people

The new government should act swiftly to take a few measures that would improve the quality of life in rural India significantly without being a big drain on the exchequer