Livelihoods

July 20, 2018
Umblachery, a native cattle breed reared by organic farmer Sethuraman, is ideal as a draught animal for the marshy rice fields of the Cauvery delta (Photo by Jency Samuel)

Native cattle breeds gain ground in Tamil Nadu

As global warming becomes increasingly evident across peninsular India, the conservation of indigenous cattle breeds that are hardy and better suited to withstand high temperatures has been gaining ground

July 18, 2018
Workers of the closed Nirpania tea garden are earning a pittance from their hard labor (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Workers of closed tea gardens struggle to make a living

Tribal people in and around the shuttered tea gardens of north Bengal are living on the edge of destitution and are being forced to a life of hard labor and exploitation by local contractors to stave off starvation

July 13, 2018
A brightly painted house wall in Jitwarpur village (Photo by Jigyasa Mishra)

Madhubani painters want better deal for their work

Despite global recognition, women painters of the Madhubani folk art form in Jitwarpur village have failed to escape the clutches of middlemen, who corner most of the profits. State initiatives could help stop the exploitation

July 11, 2018

Why do villagers often ignore obvious yet valuable things?

We need to figure out ways in which people in rural India are able to make reasoned and sustainable choices to lead their lives rather than flow with trends that are more expensive or patently unsuitable

July 9, 2018

Many farmers across India are returning to their roots

Traditional wisdom combined with modern methods of agro-ecology such as zero budget natural farming is helping Indian farmers in diverse parts of the country to adapt to changing weather patterns

July 6, 2018

Litchi growers of Muzaffarpur suffer from falling production

Fluctuating weather patterns have started impacting the famous litchi orchards of Muzaffarpur in Bihar, resulting in poor harvests and decreased sweetness of the fruit that is impacting the livelihoods of thousands of farmers

July 4, 2018

Assam farmers struggle over loss of orange orchards

New diseases and erratic weather have led to a dramatic drop in orange production, endangering the livelihoods of farmers in northeast India, where it is a major cash crop

June 20, 2018

Organic farming gathers steam in the Sundarbans

Faced with longer and hotter summers, many farmers in the Sundarbans have embraced organic farming with local crop varieties that are better adapted to a changing climate and fetch adequate returns as well

June 18, 2018

Mountain women live and work with bent backs

The absence of most men and the nature of work in the farm and forest have left women in Mandal village of Uttarakhand with no option to spend most of their time with bent over double, which severely damages their health

June 15, 2018

Bahurupi folk theater finds few takers in West Bengal

The Bahurupis of West Bengal, who donned greasepaint and entertained the rural masses through folk and street theater by masquerading as mythological characters, have dwindled in numbers due to lack of patronage