Health & Nutrition

February 15, 2017
In many villages, an informally decided upon time is kept aside for women taking a bath in a group. (Photo by Adam Cohn)

Rural men must realize women need secluded bathing spaces

Women taking a bath in the open is a common enough sight in the countryside, which needs to change. For that to happen, it is important to change the mindset of men and their insensitivity towards the issue

February 8, 2017
Most rural women still bathe in the open but fetch water to their homes so that their daughters can bathe comfortably. (Photo by Daniel Bachhuber)

Opportunity cost of personal hygiene too high for rural women

Women in India’s villages still have to pay a high cost in terms of mental and physical pain and financial loss because they are often compelled to neglect personal hygiene by bathing hurriedly in the open

January 30, 2017
The paths of Shikdamakha village are dotted with bamboo baskets to collect waste. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Remote village in Karbi Anglong sets cleanliness benchmark

The young people of Shikdamakha in Assam didn’t wait for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to set standards in sanitation, which has today resulted in the village being one of the cleanest in the entire country

January 27, 2017

Arsenic contamination in groundwater killing villagers in Ballia

High levels of arsenic in the water supply is afflicting many villages in eastern Uttar Pradesh but the government hasn’t been able to design and implement any program to contain the menace

January 13, 2017
Apiarist Vivek Khalokar inspecting a hive in Amravati, Maharashtra. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Impure honey eats into small producers’ margins

Independent and small beekeepers are uniting against adulterated and diluted honey sold in the domestic market by companies fighting a price war

December 23, 2016
Chumudi Madkami of Palkonda village in Malkangiri with her malnourished son Aditya. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Malkangiri child deaths: disease or malnourishment?

The large number of children dying in Malkangiri district of Odisha has been officially attributed to Japanese Encephalitis and malaria but villagers and civil society organisations say that malnourishment has contributed to these avoidable deaths

December 7, 2016
Locally bred goats fetch a regular income. (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Integrated organic farming revives Nemmeli’s fields

A holistic method of organic farming has reversed the harm reached to Nemmeli village due to high-intensity, high-inputs agriculture. It has also helped in pushing back soil salinity

November 14, 2016
A newly constructed toilet in Rohtas district of Bihar.

Women are leading the sanitation campaign in Bihar villages

Although Bihar has been a laggard in implementing the Swachh Bharat program, there is heartening progress in places such as Rohtas, Sitamarhi and Khagaria, where women are driving the change for health and sanitation

November 4, 2016

Tackling malnutrition in India needs thinking out of the box

If India has to improve its rank on the global Hunger Index, there has to be an emphasis on alternative and participatory approaches of delivering nutrients to underserved populations

October 14, 2016

Is rural India headed for a demographic disaster?

An army of sickly and poorly educated children growing up in villages will continue to drag down the country as adults unless the nation’s nutrition and education delivery systems are made more efficient