Livelihoods

October 5, 2018
Vivek Ghumade plans to increase his turmeric acreage, as the GI tag of Waigaon turmeric is expected to increase demand (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

GI tag boosts demand for Waigaon’s turmeric

Farmers of Waigaon in Maharashtra have received a GI tag for organically grown turmeric that is rich in curcumin, known for its multiple health benefits. The cultivators hope to cash in on the increase in demand

September 26, 2018
Villagers of Yelavali display some of the forest produce, as part of conservation tourism (Photo by Subhash Dolas)

Bhimshankar village makes the most of nature’s trail

Residents of Yelavali village inside Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra have made a collective decision to promote responsible ecotourism that is providing them with a sustainable livelihood

September 24, 2018
Women of Diezephe craft village make traditional and contemporary clothes on the traditional loin looms (Photo by Ninglun Hanghal)

Naga villagers revive traditional crafts and weaves

Villagers of Diezephe near Dimapur have revived their traditional crafts and weaves by adapting to market demands and by using modern tools, and have found themselves an ecofriendly livelihood

September 19, 2018
Boys playing tag in a village school (Photo by Jasper Veen)

Rural youth: old prejudices or real disadvantages?

Despite long-held notions that young people in villages lack better life opportunities, the current situation of youth in urban areas and their proximate countryside is not too different in many parts of India

September 17, 2018
With ginger and cardamom failing them, West Bengal farmers like Sonbir Rai have started growing coffee in a part of their lands (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Upland farmers shift to coffee for better prospects

Suffering losses from traditional crops of ginger and cardamom, farmers in the mountainous areas of Kalimpong and Darjeeling in West Bengal have started growing organic coffee for better returns

September 12, 2018

Tripura’s fish farmers net benefits of captive fisheries

Fish farmers in the Sepahijala district of Tripura have formed collectives to successfully rear fish seeds and table fish. This collective livelihood initiative has increased their incomes by reducing risks and costs

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