Governance

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

June 7, 2017
Farm ponds to harvest and store rainwater could be an optimal solution in some places. (Photo by Aftab Alam)

Water control is the strongest anti-poverty measure

Once we realize that one size does not fit all, it will be easier for the government and civil society organizations to tailor strategies to manage water in the different agro-climatic regions of the country that truly benefits the rural poor

June 2, 2017
Ulusi Madhu Pawar in front of her hut in Navagam village. (Photo by Gajanan Khergamker)

Indigenous community in Dang fights for land rights

The people of Navagam village in Dang district of Gujarat have said they would boycott upcoming assembly polls if the government does not resolve the long pending issue of land and house titles

May 31, 2017
Kerala is a land of water bodies. A state government mission now aims at conserving, cleaning and clearing them up to store water and to aid water transport that the state is known for. The image shows the lagoon of Kadinamkulam in Thiruvananthapuram. (Photo by Climatalk)

After the drought, Kerala to chase monsoon to catch rain where it falls

After the century’s worst drought, people in Kerala are now getting ready to harvest rain in their backyard wells, temple ponds and lush forests. Citizens, voluntary groups and the state government are ready with a set of measures. It just needs to rain.

May 26, 2017
Fellows in rural India need serious handholding to make the effort effective. (Photo by Meghna Mukherjee)

Many fellows but not too many ships to anchor

To make fellowships that connect with rural realities really worthwhile, it is necessary to provide pointed guidance through mentors who are ready to engage, a vital aspect that many of the programs are not addressing adequately

May 24, 2017
A small pump irrigating an onion farm. (Photo by Hamish John Appleby / IWMI)

Small pumps are a viable solution for poor farmers

Although small pumps for irrigation doesn’t get the attention it deserves, evidence from groundwater-rich states such as Assam, Jharkhand and Odisha show that they have significant benefits for small and marginal farmers