Governance

April 4, 2018
Betel leaf farmer Krishnan of Tirur continues to cultivate it in spite of falling exports. (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Why farmers in this Kerala village pray for peace with Pakistan

Having seen fluctuations in the export of betel leaf to Pakistan over the years, Malappuram betel farmers in northern Kerala remain hopeful of overcoming the present impasse and resuming a profitable trade

April 2, 2018
Children and their teacher at a daycare center that has none of the facilities mandated by ICDS. (Photo by Abhijit Mohanty)

Adivasis in Odisha suffer the most due to malnutrition

Malnourished tribal communities in Odisha have not benefitted from decades-old government schemes aimed at improving health outcomes, mainly due to patchy and apathetic implementation

March 28, 2018
The use of harvester-cum-thresher machines has led to stubble burning in farms, which has worsened the problem of air pollution in India. (Photo by Vivian Fernandes)

How to develop divisible technology for the rural poor

There is a need to develop easily divisible technologies that do not need heavy investment, after taking into consideration social customs and cultural practices of rural users

March 23, 2018
Women organic farmers promoting their produce through a lunch, an innovative marketing approach. (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Digital push boosts incomes for Sundarbans’ organic farmers

A digital platform has helped women farmers living in the northern fringes of Sundarbans in West Bengal to sell organically grown indigenous rice and other produce directly to customers, helping them to book higher profits

March 21, 2018
Naga tribes in Jalukie Valley have shifted from jhum cultivation to wadi plantations of pineapple, mango, etc. (Photo by Rongmei Baptist Association)

Social entrepreneur sets Naga tribes on path of progress

In an underdeveloped part of Jalukie Valley in Nagaland, the church-based Rongmei Baptist Association has gone beyond call of faith to help tribal communities uplift themselves through development interventions

March 14, 2018
Farmers near Nashik in Maharashtra on their way to the market with their tomato harvest. (Photo by Michael Foley)

There’s more to horticulture than tomatoes, onions and potatoes

While the priority given to tomato, onion and potato (TOP) farmers by the Prime Minister is a welcome move, special attention must be given to smallholder vegetable growers, since horticulture provides a nutrition and income buffer to the rural poor

March 12, 2018
Girls become dancers to escape poverty, but end up being exploited by their masters. (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Purulia’s nachaniyas still dance to escape destitution

Exploited by their so-called masters, the folk dancers of rural Bengal have no option but to keep dancing and entertaining to escape poverty and destitution, shunned by society and with no help from the government

March 9, 2018
A water harvesting structure in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh helps farmers to increase the local farm moisture regime for both the summer and winter crops.

Rainwater harvesting is the best way forward for irrigation

As intensive agriculture spreads across India, there is an urgent need to encourage rainwater harvesting to irrigate multiple crops instead of the current unsustainable practice of groundwater extraction

March 5, 2018
Winter crops in over 300,000 hectares in Maharashtra have been destroyed due to hailstorms and thunderstorms in February. (Photo by Manoj Shembde)

Hailstorms devastate Marathwada, Vidarbha farmers

Sudden hailstorms have extensively damaged the winter crop in Marathwada and Vidarbha, underlining the fact that the distressed farmers need more accurate weather forecasts, speedier compensation and farmer-friendly crop insurance

March 2, 2018
Sunil and Nagamani at the Sarathi Jhalak radio station during a program. (Photo by Sudha Narasimhachar)

Community radio creates waves of change in Karnataka villages

Run primarily by women, the Sarathi Jhalak radio station has brought administrators, experts and villagers on the same platform, giving rural communities a voice