Livelihoods

July 21, 2021

Ostriches or supplicants? Missing home insurance in rural India

Disasters destroy houses. Despite living in disaster-prone areas, people do not opt for home insurance. They prefer to take the disaster relief offered by the government

July 16, 2021

Conservation of bio-resources improves farmer’s livelihood

Revival of non-forest timber produce species that are rare and have market value, and the species’ mass multiplication ensures conservation while enhancing farm income

July 9, 2021

Tribal women seize opportunities, turn micro entrepreneurs

With the right support, women in Khunti have overcome challenges and emerged as entrepreneurs. Each woman’s micro business has been her family’s financial mainstay during the pandemic

July 2, 2021

Kashmir’s cherry farmers face the impact of pandemic

Tangmarg’s cherry farmers, who find selling directly to tourists more lucrative, are in a fix as the popular tourist spots have been closed because of the pandemic

June 4, 2021

Forest-dependent tribes lose income to forest fires

Unable to collect mahua flowers and other forest produce because of fires in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, tribal communities already impacted by the pandemic have lost their livelihood

June 2, 2021

Community seed banks help conserve climate-resilient crops

Combining community knowledge and scientific ways, farmers conserve stress-tolerant landraces in their fields, and distribute the seeds to other farmers through community seed banks

May 31, 2021

Empowered women dairy farmers create ripple effect

With the development of dairy cooperatives, some exclusively for women, dairy farming which supplemented agricultural income has led to full-fledged businesses and successful women micro-entrepreneurs

May 14, 2021

Why villagers are against a proposed marina

Government proposes to develop a marina of international standards to promote tourism. Residents of coastal villages oppose it, fearing an impact on their livelihood and the ecology

May 7, 2021

Lack of local livelihoods forces men to migrate far

With no industrial jobs, and low wages in agriculture, men from Bhagabanpur in Maldah district migrate to faraway places like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, to make a living

May 5, 2021

Constraints that prevent farmers from becoming prosperous

Land holding size, water availability, funds and markets impact farmers’ incomes. This second piece of a four-part series explores constraints and viability of mixed farming for farm prosperity