Governance

November 22, 2017
A few dairy producer companies have grown to respectable size in India. (Photo by Premshree Pillai)

Antenatal care of producer enterprises missing in India

If producer companies that aim to benefit poor farmers are to succeed in India, critical factors such as a sense of ownership, correct assessment of economic environment and social capital need to be better thought out

October 30, 2017
Fertilizer bags stacked in a warehouse in Andhra Pradesh. (Photo by Bikalp Chamola)

Technology-enabled sale streamlines fertilizer supply chain

Linking technology and Aadhaar unique identity numbers, the direct benefit transfer of fertilizer subsidy in Andhra Pradesh has helped in curbing malpractices and has benefited farmers by preventing leakages

October 11, 2017
The slowdown in the farm sector is likely to be temporary. (Photo by Jeevan Singla)

Hiccups of clean growth or wages of stupid policy?

Should we opt for an economy that thrives on facelessness and tax evasion just because it supports livelihoods of a class of the poor, or should we opt for a more formal and compliant economy, knowing that there will be hiccups?

October 9, 2017
Women of Ilami attend night school as a first step towards overall development. (Photo by Chhandosree)

Women in Pakur use education to achieve development goals

With a strong belief that education would lead the community to achieve sustainable development goals, a night school in Ilami panchayat in Jharkhand educates and empowers women

October 4, 2017
The continuous contour trench in Ansarwada, built under the SAGY scheme. (Photo by Vijay Suryavanshi)

Chosen to be a model village, yet to become one

With proactive villagers and panchayat leaders, Ansarwada in Maharashtra, chosen to be a model village under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, has made satisfactory progress, but has to clear stumbling blocks to become a full-fledged model village

September 29, 2017
A doctor attends to patients at Gaon Dawakhana, the community-owned village clinic that runs on family subscriptions. (Photo by Lokpriya Janhit Sewa Sansthan)

Women of Lalganj mobilize community to bring doctors to their doorsteps

Increased healthcare expenses and lack of access to hospitals prompt a women’s collective in eastern Uttar Pradesh to run a biweekly village clinic on family subscriptions

September 27, 2017
Can India’s villages be home to increased industrial activity? (Photo by Pixabay)

How can we kick-start Make in Rural India?

A significant portion of the government’s flagship Make in India initiative can be realized in the country’s rural areas through enterprises that have potential to benefit and provide employment to a large number of people

September 20, 2017
Gopalji Trivedi (right), former vice-chancellor of Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University at Pusa, convinced farmers in Mutlupur to use a barren wetland for agricultural purposes. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Mutlupur farmers transform neglected wetland into integrated farm

A group of farmers have converted a shunned wetland to practice fish farming, agroforestry and horticulture, providing employment and livelihood opportunities to impoverished villagers

September 13, 2017
Parliamentarians adopting villages in their constituencies for holistic development is yet to show significant results. (Photo by Rajeev)

Sagging spirit of Prime Minister’s model village scheme

Has the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, aimed at all-round development of three villages chosen by each Member of Parliament, made any significant impact on the ground?

September 6, 2017
Riverbank erosion on the Beki River continually threatens habitations in Barpeta district of Assam. (Photo by Sayanangshu Modak)

Riverbank erosion no less a disaster than Assam floods

A widespread hazard like riverbank erosion, which continuously affects the poorest and the most vulnerable in the Brahmaputra River Basin in Assam, is not classified as a disaster and does not receive the swift emergency response as floods