Health & Nutrition

August 30, 2017
Growing medicinal herbs that fetch high prices could be promoted as a form of rural enterprise. (Photo by Pixabay)

Medicinal herbs can form a base for rural enterprises

There is a potentially large livelihoods and enterprise potential in the medicinal herbs sector, which is sadly neglected by grassroots development professionals and ignored by the government despite an acute shortage of modern healthcare services in rural India

August 28, 2017
Migrant workers in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh face a high risk from landslides and rock falls. (Photo by Abhijit Mohanty)

Plight of migrant workers needs attention in Himachal Pradesh

Migrant workers, who contribute significantly to infrastructure development in the developed mountain state, need to be provided with better working and living conditions through friendly government policies

August 18, 2017
A woman’s meeting in Jehanabad discussing the benefits of building toilets in homes. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Women take initiative to build toilets in rural Bihar

Women self-help groups in the villages of Jehanabad have become the harbingers of social change by convincing people about the usefulness of building toilets at homes and ending open defecation

August 14, 2017
Houses on raised ground help char villagers stay safe during floods with banana trees and vegetable gardens preventing soil erosion. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Assam flood fury leaves high houses on river islands untouched

A simple innovation of building houses on a raised and reinforced earthen platform has spared many village homes on the easily flooded islands on the Brahmaputra and its tributaries

August 11, 2017
Sangita Mhatre and her husband Shashikant in their jasmine nursery, preparing saplings to be sold to other farmers. (Photo by BAIF)

Enterprising woman farmer charts a path to prosperity

From an impoverished homemaker to a successful farmer and trusted counselor for many women in the area, the story of Sangita Mhatre of Mande is an inspiring tale of how women in rural India can take charge of their destiny given the slightest of opportunities

August 7, 2017
The state government spared no expense in spreading the sanitation message. (Photo by Yaniv Stopnitzky)

Toilets as bride price scripts sanitation success in Haryana

A social marketing campaign urging parents of brides to demand toilets at marriage negotiations has led to a dramatic increase of 21% in private sanitation coverage in Haryana, particularly in rural areas

June 26, 2017
Led by village headman Krusna Kadraka and Dasara Kadraka in an earlier mission to collect lost millet varieties, the women of Kadarguma prepare to walk to their clan families in remote hamlets. (Photo by Manipadma Jena)

Millets travel from tribal farms to dinner tables

The indigenous Dongria Kondh community in Odisha is helping to restore the popularity of native varieties of millets that can grow in droughty weather conditions, even as millet products gain traction among affluent consumers for their many health benefits

May 8, 2017
Ramswaroop of Badahar village in Bidisha district was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the age of 7. (Photo by Abhijeet Jadhav)

Dry land distress drives people to break stones in quarries

A lack of livelihood opportunities is compelling villagers of Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh to take up jobs in local stone quarries, where unregulated work conditions are often extremely hazardous for their health

April 26, 2017
Suman of Jaisalsar village refused to be married off as a child. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Jaisalsar in Bikaner banishes child marriage from its homes

The villages in the desert of Rajasthan are notorious for child brides but groups of girls are now banding together to defy and upturn a long held tradition to assure a new and better future for themselves

April 24, 2017
The pensive look of Devati Durua asks many questions. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Interventions to stop child marriages raise hopes in Odisha

The practice of underage marriage is acute in the tribal-dominated southern and southwestern parts of Odisha, but interventions on the ground are planting the seeds of change among adolescent girls and their parents