Livelihoods

October 21, 2020

Returned migrants take to smuggling for want of livelihood

In villages of West Bengal close to the Indo – Bangladesh border, migrants back home during the lockdown have been lured into smuggling for financial sustenance

October 14, 2020

Elephants establish new habitat in Andhra Pradesh

Farmers suffer crop damages as elephants re-colonize the state after centuries. While Wildlife Week celebrations are on, experts advocate long-term planning to minimize conflicts

October 7, 2020

Lockdown threw new hardships along nomadic herders’ paths

Their migration towards summer pastures coinciding with the first lockdown, and with severe restrictions on movement, pastoralists lacked access to pastures, water and fodder, besides facing discrimination

September 25, 2020

How interactive audio helped migrants during lockdown

An existing interactive voice response system was refashioned, enabling migrant workers in destination cities get messages regarding their circumstances across, subsequently facilitating their return

September 23, 2020

Lift Irrigation helps monsoon-reliant farmers flourish

With farms lying above Kalnai River, farmers grew rain-fed paddy or jute. Community-owned lift irrigation helps them grow more crops, get better yield and earn more

September 21, 2020

Sahyadri farmers practice shifting cultivation amid ecological concerns

Older generation of farmers in western Maharashtra continue to practice age-old slash-and-burn cultivation on the slopes of Western Ghats, despite economic and ecological unsustainability

September 18, 2020

Thriving through challenges, young farmer offers hope, motivation

Hailing from a farming family, a young woman has qualified herself in agriculture, succeeding despite weather-related problems. Now she motivates other farmers, especially women, on adopting new techniques and enhancing income

September 9, 2020

Lack of livelihood pushes returned migrants back to cities

Lakhs of rural Rajasthan migrants returned easily during lockdown since they worked in neighboring Gujarat. However, with no local employment avenues, the urban exodus would start again

September 7, 2020

Adivasis on course to revive traditional farm practices

Deskilling of Central Indian Plateau Adivasis has led to loss of traditional knowledge and indigenous seeds. Efforts are on to reskill them by reviving traditional practices

September 4, 2020

Farmers rear fish in farm ponds for increased income

Frequent cyclones and industrial fishing have impacted the lives of fishermen and farmers in Nagapattinam. Rearing fish in farm ponds and growing crops on bunds have boosted their income