Governance

September 4, 2019
Rural health workers are typically overburdened and have to work in trying conditions (Photo by Piyal Adhikary)

Missing foot soldiers in the war on poverty

Unless the government improves the anemic delivery structure of rural health and education, the neglected and overworked frontline workers will not be able to fight underdevelopment adequately

August 28, 2019
Community bathing spaces near sources of water help rural women bathe in privacy at their convenience using clean water (Photo by Vaishnavi Pawar)

Community bathrooms help women bathe in privacy

For most women in Bengal’s villages, a bath is a hurried dip in ponds while fully clothed to avoid the unwelcome male gaze. Community bathrooms enable them bathe in private and maintain better hygiene

August 21, 2019
Mobilizing rural communities is no easy task (Photo by Jan Gramin Vikas Sansthan, Ghazipur)

More attention needed on community mobilizers

Rural development programs often take community mobilization for granted, and those who dedicate themselves to this difficult task are ignored or neglected. This needs to change

August 16, 2019
People in the hilly Upputhode village still live in fear of another landslide (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Recurrent floods traumatize people in rural Kerala

Even as Kerala reels under yet another flood due to extreme rainfall, people in the tiny village of Upputhode in the Western Ghats are still traumatized from the loss they suffered in last year’s deluge

August 12, 2019
Women in coastal villages in Tamil Nadu like Roachmanagar are now trained how to act in the event of a natural disaster like storm surges (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Coastal communities in Tamil Nadu prepare for disasters

Fishing communities living on the Bay of Bengal coast in Tamil Nadu, who are vulnerable to extreme weather events, are being trained by the Tamil Nadu government to prepare for disasters

August 9, 2019
Rice nursery mats await transplantation at St Estevam Island, Goa, in 2019 (Photo by Pamela D’Mello)

Community farming in Goa stops land conversion

Many villagers in Goa have banded together to revive rice cultivation through collective mechanized sowing and transplanting. The success in several villages has now become a catalyst for others

August 7, 2019
It is invariably the women who are burdened with the task of getting water to rural homes (Photo by Daniel Bachhuber)

Battling social fault lines in rural water supply

The laudable aim of supplying piped water to all rural homes will have to tackle the existing power equations that deeply divide our society, and are tilted in favor of the elite in villages

July 31, 2019
Sourcing drinking water from dug wells have become a rarity in many parts of rural India (Photo by Pixabay)

Water availability and quality in rural water supply

The aim of delivering clean water to rural homes has to address the twin challenges of sufficient local availability of this depleting resource and ensuring basic quality standards

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