Governance

June 28, 2019
Unable to complete documentation formalities, elderly in rural areas like Asharfi Begum did not get the government’s old age pension, till educated youth helped them access it (Photo by Anand Pande)

Uttar Pradesh youth help elderly access benefits

Lack of literacy and complicated documentation were hurdles that hampered financially dependent rural elderly from accessing the government’s welfare schemes. Educated youth are helping them get the benefits

June 19, 2019
Fishing in the Ansupa Lake (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Local communities restore Ansupa Lake in Odisha

In a remarkable turnaround, local communities have rejuvenated the weed-infested Ansupa Lake in Odisha in the span of just six months, boosting fishing and income opportunities from tourism

June 12, 2019
Many villages in the periphery of cities have taken to cultivating their farms with urban wastewater (Photo by Global Water Forum)

Peri-urban villages shrivel in expanding rings of dryness

The rapidly expanding cities in western and peninsular India are soaking up water from the surrounding countryside for their own needs, leaving peri-urban villages drier in an already water-scarce region

June 5, 2019
Farmers in predominantly upper caste hamlets are more aware of safety precautions, in using pesticides for instance, than in other hamlets (Photo by Ferdousi Begum)

Is unsafe behavior linked to social order?

Awareness about safety measures appears to be divided along caste lines in rural Rajasthan. Educating children and frequent awareness programs would ensure villagers’ safety in everyday life

May 29, 2019
Modernizing agriculture is the need of the hour (Photo by Nandu Kumar)

How to revitalize agriculture in India

The government needs to aggressively promote micro-irrigation and small-scale farm mechanization to improve agricultural productivity. It should also connect farmers with markets using latest technological tools

May 24, 2019
The new government can improve the lives of the rural populace with a few initiatives (Photo by Maureen Barlin)

Make lives better for rural people

The new government should act swiftly to take a few measures that would improve the quality of life in rural India significantly without being a big drain on the exchequer

May 22, 2019
Understanding the need for conservation of biodiversity, villagers of Mandasaru have strengthened forest protection measures (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Biodiversity takes center stage in Odisha’s silent valley

Forest communities of Mandasaru hills are taking steps to conserve biodiversity in Odisha’s silent valley, even as the world celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May

May 8, 2019
It's time for men to stand up to their responsibilities (Photo by Anthony Pappone)

When will rural men own up responsibility?

Rather than holding the state solely accountable for bettering lives of the rural poor, we need to also focus on making men, and not just women, take responsible action for the sake of their families

April 24, 2019
Dairy farming could yield rich dividends in the central and eastern tribal belts in the country (Photo by Flickr)

Dairy farming in tribal regions holds enormous promise

With a little help from the government and specialized agencies, the promotion of dairy farming among the tribal people of central and eastern India has potential to lift millions out of poverty

April 22, 2019
Manjula Amma's field next to Laxmisagar tank, where Bengaluru’s treated wastewater is stored, has sufficient water for irrigation (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Drought-hit farmers grow crops with treated wastewater

After Karnataka government pumped Bengaluru city’s treated wastewater into Kolar’s tanks last year, farmers made use of the raised groundwater table to grow crops amidst concerns of contamination