Livelihoods

May 23, 2018
The journey of a mother-daughter duo has revived traditional Kantha embroidery and empowered rural women as craftspersons. (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Kantha embroidery empowers women in rural Bengal

A single woman’s journey to earn a dignified livelihood has today evolved into a revival of the traditional Kantha embroidery that has led to empowerment of rural women in West Bengal

May 21, 2018
Appa Karmakar of Angar village in Solapur has tasted success by cultivating drumsticks. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Drumstick cultivation boosts farm incomes in drought-prone Solapur

Perfectly adapted to dry land farming, the nutrient-rich moringa has become the crop of choice among many farmers in drought-prone Solapur, earning them a steady income throughout the year

May 18, 2018
Cultivating watermelon has stemmed migration from the drought-prone western districts of Odisha. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Watermelons stem distress migration in Odisha’s hunger belt

Forced to migrate due to poverty and recurrent droughts, and with no better life in faraway brick kilns, farmers in western Odisha have turned to watermelon cultivation, reaping rich benefits

May 14, 2018
Women, understanding the power of collective work, form self-help groups to engage in income-generating activities. (Photo by Ninglun Hanghal)

Manipuri women revive village republics for all-round development

Despite dwindling forest resources that had traditionally sustained them, villagers in Churachandpur district of Manipur have successfully shifted to growing new crops, and are now exploring new livelihood options

May 11, 2018

Farmers reclaim fallow land to cultivate rice in Kerala

In a landscape dominated by cash crops, many farmers in Kerala have started growing paddy on land lying fallow for decades after being encouraged by the state government to cultivate on barren fields

May 7, 2018

An ancient art is earning modern dividends in Khasi Hills

From being one of the poorest areas of Meghalaya, Umden in Ri Bhoi has emerged as the epicenter of ethical sericulture and Eri silk weaving, thanks to the persistence of women practicing the traditional art

May 4, 2018
Tribal women in Birbhum have found an alternative source of earning by rearing goats. (Photo by Tagore Society for Rural Development)

Goats and poultry help tribal women turnaround impoverished lives

Poverty-stricken women in the semi-arid regions of West Bengal and Jharkhand, used to subsisting on meager incomes, have defied huge odds and transformed their lives by rearing goats and poultry

May 2, 2018
How do you define success and failure in the context of rural development? (Photo by Prasenjit De)

The importance of succlure and faiccess in rural development

It is not always easy to measure the success in any rural development intervention because it often depends on the differing frames of reference of the village community and that of the grassroots worker

April 30, 2018

Dharmapuri has forgotten the many names for rain

Rising temperatures and erratic rainfall in the drought-prone dry land farms of Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu is making rain-fed agriculture non-viable but some women farmers are adapting by growing millets

April 27, 2018
Women are becoming frontline farmers in Saran, fighting financial and food security by growing vegetables. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Saran women banish poverty by cultivating vegetables

Switching from traditional rain-fed crops such as rice and wheat to growing vegetables through the year, women farmers of Saran district in Bihar have ensured financial and food security without any external assistance