Livelihoods

September 10, 2018
Since most women in rural Odisha do not have titles over land, they are provided no compensation by the government against crop loss (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Women farmers suffer due to unequal land rights

Although they are often the actual cultivators, the lack of land rights among women farmers in Odisha has resulted in chronic distress because they are unable to get government loans or compensation over crop loss

September 7, 2018

Assam village become trailblazers in adaptive agriculture

From seed banks to rainwater harvesting, one village on the banks of the Brahmaputra River has spread innovative agriculture through the region, as farmers battle against worsening floods and droughts

September 3, 2018
Tsering Chondol (right), President of Women’s Alliance of Ladakh, with three other members outside their office in Leh (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Women show the way in waterless Ladakh

As snowfall reduces and glaciers retreat in Ladakh due to climate change, a group of women is promoting traditional ways of farming that are best suited to the cold desert

August 31, 2018
Young, educated professionals from villages of Uttar Dinajpur in West Bengal are turning to their roots, reviving ecofriendly farming (Photo by Moushumi Basu)

Bengal youth lead revival of heritage rice varieties

A bunch of young professionals have chosen to stay back in their villages in Uttar Dinajpur in West Bengal to revive the heritage of folk rice varieties that were once cultivated by their ancestors

August 27, 2018
Munda tribes have transitioned from a self-sufficient community to a group seeking new opportunities. (Photo by Tripta Sharma)

Munda tribes of Jharkhand desire inclusive development

Once self-sufficient, the Munda farming community in Jharkhand has accepted changes in governance that promises social and economic development. But, inclusive development has eluded them

August 24, 2018
Native cows reared in 26 Karnataka villages have brought economic benefits to farmers and health benefits to consumers (Photo by Sudha Narasimhachar)

Karnataka farmers reap benefits of native cow’s milk

Rearing native cattle, farmers in rural Karnataka have brought about a welcome rural-urban link, benefiting economically and bringing health benefits to urban consumers

August 22, 2018

Of kamranga and kachnar: vanishing flavors and shrinking food basket

Innumerable varieties of native fruits and leafy vegetables found in different parts of India are becoming rare on dinner tables. We should make efforts to revive them for a more varied and nutritious food basket

August 20, 2018
Reviving the traditional metal craft Dokra offers a lucrative livelihood to the metal smiths of Bikna (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

West Bengal brings Dokra metal craft back from brink

Revived with the support of the state government and social enterprises, the traditional metal craft Dokra has found its place in art maps, giving artisans in the remote village of Bikna much-needed financial stability

August 13, 2018

Rice bankers of Muzaffarpur hold out hope for women’s empowerment

At a time when sexual abuse of women in a Muzaffarpur shelter for the homeless has roiled the nation’s conscience, women farmers in the district shine a beacon for empowerment by growing and selling rice saplings

August 6, 2018

Houseboat tourism floats rural economy in Alappuzha

People living in the water-bound villages of Alappuzha district in Kerala have seen more lucrative livelihood options due to the influx of tourists visiting the now famous backwaters throughout the year