Livelihoods

December 15, 2017
Technology has helped Mising women turn traditional weaving skills into a viable livelihood. (Photo by Abdul Hamid)

Mising weavers intertwine technology with traditional skills

Living in flood-prone areas of Assam with no alternate sustenance options, women of Mising tribal community have upgraded their traditional handloom weaving skills, and have adapted to market needs for a lucrative livelihood

December 11, 2017
Kondh tribal women cannot imagine life without their forest that ensures their food and nutritional security. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Forest food ensures nutritional security of Odisha’s tribes

Access to naturally grown forest produce would go a long way in protecting tribal communities in Odisha from the worst impacts of climate change and supply them with all that they need for sustenance

December 8, 2017
Producing fish seeds provides a sustainable livelihood to unemployed youth in Assam. (Photo by Abdul Mannan Choudhury)

Assam youth are netting healthy incomes from fish seeds

Taking advantage of the plentiful water bodies in Assam, the production and supply of fertilized fish eggs has emerged as a promising and sustainable livelihood for unemployed youth in rural Assam

December 6, 2017
New farmer organizations need careful handholding. (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

Better nurture needed for new producers’ organizations

Development professionals managing newly formed farmer producers’ organizations, while high on technical and social skills, have to be more market and management savvy to strengthen these nascent entities

December 4, 2017
Visibility and confidence of women have increased in Koni village. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Rural women start bank for economic transformation

Started by women in Chhattisgarh villages from their personal savings, the Sakhi Mahila Bank has not only boosted rural women’s income but also their confidence and economic independence

December 1, 2017
Anita Devi has become a successful mushroom farmer and seed entrepreneur. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Anita Devi of Anantpur works magic with mushrooms

From an impoverished village woman to mushroom farmer and successful entrepreneur, Anita Devi has inspired hundreds of women in Nalanda to adopt the profitable venture of mushroom cultivation

November 29, 2017
Widows of Madarangajodi village await justice. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Widowed by silicosis, women of Odisha village await justice

Young men, who joined a pyrophillite grinding factory dreaming of a better future, succumbed to silicosis, leaving families struggling for survival and justice

November 27, 2017
A Kashmiri beekeeper is seen attending to his beehives. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Farmers are making Kashmir a land of honey

Farmers growing fruits and vegetables in Kashmir are doubling as beekeepers to boost their incomes, taking advantage of vast tracts of horticultural land with their abundance of flowers

November 24, 2017
Debabrat Rabha in his banana plantation in Goalpara district. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Youth trade guns for bananas in Assam

Assamese rural youth who once worked with insurgent outfits are giving up their gun-fueled violent ways and taking to banana cultivation for a peaceful and dignified livelihood

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