Health & Nutrition

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

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

April 21, 2017
Child marriages are prevalent in many parts of India. (Photo by Naga Rick)

Breaking the norm of child marriage an uphill task in Uttar Pradesh

A detailed baseline study conducted in seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh shows that underage marriages are still widely prevalent, particularly in disadvantaged communities, and this practice holds back girls from realizing their full potential

April 19, 2017
Young girls of Shivali village in Mokhada are saying no to an early marriage. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Palghar tribal village says no to child marriages

Despite a long-held tradition of marrying off girls once they reach 15 years of age, a tribal village in the underdeveloped area of Maharashtra has stopped the ill-advised practice of child marriage for the past two years