Governance

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 14, 2017
NGO executives attending a village meeting. (Photo by Austin Yoder)

The shape of India’s non-profits in the 21st century

NGOs in India need to adapt to the shifting landscape of India by working in tandem with the state and markets, and retain their difference. This is a critical reform or perish phase for them.

July 5, 2017
For poor rural people living on the margins, the system of direct benefit transfer show mixed results.

Is direct benefit transfer really a panacea for the rural poor?

Given the complex and varied situations in rural India, the results of the direct benefit transfer method are so far mixed at best and debilitating at worst, as seen in the subsidies for farm equipment and fertilizers

June 30, 2017
Procurement of produce is in progress at a market yard. (Photo courtesy MAHAPFC)

Collective farm gate procurement offers solutions to cover price crashes

Farmer producer companies have started to play an important role in procurement from smallholders, which guards against price crashes that has been plaguing marginalized farmers across the country despite record harvests

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 19, 2017
Farmers protested and threw away their onion harvest as prices crashed. (Photo by Atul Deulgaonkar)

Marathwada farmers face bleak sowing season

Although the Maharashtra government has announced a loan waiver, deeply indebted farmers of Marathwada still do not know how they will get the money to buy farm inputs this sowing season ahead of the monsoon

June 16, 2017
The WhatsApp and Facebook groups to prevent child marriages hold regular awareness meetings. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Facebook, WhatsApp curbing child marriages in Assam

At a time when social media is being used to spread lies and malicious rumors, a group of young people in Assam are using WhatsApp and Facebook groups to prevent child marriages in the underdeveloped district of Darrang

June 14, 2017
Keeping girls in school is an important way to push back underage marriages. (Photo by Eric Parker)

Custom of child marriages must be fought on multiple fronts

There is no silver bullet to defeat the scourge of underage marriages. Rather, it is important to extend the scope of current interventions among adolescents and the communities they grow up in, which then need to be backed up by suitable government policies

June 12, 2017
Village girls in Bihar have started playing football to fight against child marriage. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Girls join football clubs to resist child marriages in rural Bihar

Once topping the charts in child marriages in the country, Bihar has reduced the incidence of this social evil considerably, helped by innovative interventions such as starting girls clubs for solidarity and encouraging them to play football