Governance

August 21, 2017
Pastureland is shrinking in the country and feeding within premises is gaining prominence. (Photo by Saif Noor)

India needs more fodder to prevent cattle starvation

The estimated increase in cattle population due to growth in dairy farming and ban on cow slaughter will need increased production of fodder and restoration of common pastures to prevent livestock starvation

August 16, 2017
New horizons for entrepreneurship are opening up as the village economy makes new demands. (Photo by Ravi Teja)

It’s time to explore new possibilities in village enterprises

A new generation of rural businesses are being established to cater to the changing needs of the countryside that require very little capital infusion to start and expand. There is now a need to put in place a financial ecosystem for these enterprises to thrive

August 7, 2017
The state government spared no expense in spreading the sanitation message. (Photo by Yaniv Stopnitzky)

Toilets as bride price scripts sanitation success in Haryana

A social marketing campaign urging parents of brides to demand toilets at marriage negotiations has led to a dramatic increase of 21% in private sanitation coverage in Haryana, particularly in rural areas

August 4, 2017
A village council meeting being held in Barkheda village to discuss community issues. (Photo by Ishan Agrawal)

Successful self-governance in Barkheda leads others to embrace gram swaraj

Restoration and effective management of village commons to the financial benefit of the community in Barkheda village of Madhya Pradesh has prompted 90 neighboring villages to adopt self-governance

July 26, 2017
The villagers of Varoti contributed voluntary labor to build a well for drinking water. (Photo by Sunil Jorkar)

Varoti villagers demonstrate the power of collective action

A new model of active engagement between villagers, the implementing non-profit and a corporate philanthropic foundation in Varoti village in Maharashtra shows a new way forward for development interventions through the corporate social responsibility route

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