May 13, 2020

Multi-pronged approach will reboot flagging rural economy

Enhancing the resilience of rural production system through multiple measures, besides soil and water conservation initiatives would help the rural populace find a firm footing

May 6, 2020

Disrupted supply chains need to be mended to revive rural economy

Infusion of working capital at some levels of the supply chain and easing of transportation regulations would put ruptured supply chains back on track and reboot rural economy

May 1, 2020

How a tribal community took measures to guard itself against COVID-19

Though remote, Sittilingi Valley in Tamil Nadu, has a sizeable population that migrates for work. This prompted a proactive panchayat leadership to rally the community around to safeguard itself

April 17, 2020

Closure of seasonal hostels leaves migrants’ children in the lurch

While the lockdown left migrants stranded at destination sites, their children staying in seasonal hostels had to be sheltered with relatives or had to fend for themselves

April 13, 2020

How COVID-19 would impact rural India and its economy

With no urban economic activities because of the lockdown, migrants who have returned to native villages and rural workers will feel the pinch in the coming months

March 26, 2020

Urgent government intervention needed for migrants in transit

With the countrywide lockdown to arrest spread of COVID-19, migrant workers who started returning home from destination sites are caught in borders with scant amenities. Government needs to intervene to ensure safe passage

March 4, 2020

Nutrition gardens help students learn better and eat better

Growing vegetables and fruits in schools with community support improves tribal students’ conceptual understanding of science and maths, and helps them eat a nutritious meal

February 26, 2020

How bike ambulances help patients in remote areas access hospitals

For far-flung villages separated by forests with no access roads, reaching hospitals has been difficult. Bike ambulances fill the access gap, enabling patients get emergency medical care

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 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