Livelihoods

January 26, 2018
Growing fruits and vegetables is a challenge in Ladakh as the farming season is restricted to just four months. (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Winter farming technologies boost incomes in cold desert

With the farming season limited to just four months in Ladakh, villagers have turned to innovative, low-cost technologies to grow vegetables in winter that improves diets and boosts incomes, but smallholder farmers need post-harvest support

January 24, 2018
Recurring droughts have reduced the annual income of Ramvithal Valse, a farmer from Sonwati villlage in Latur district of Maharashtra, by 80% in the past 6-7 years. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

New drought manual may aggravate farm distress

Strict parameters set by the central government has made it tougher for the states to declare a drought and seek relief funds from New Delhi

January 22, 2018
Women harvesting small millets from a farm that was earlier infested with lantana. (Photo by Manu Moudgil)

Madhya Pradesh farmers unite to fight lantana infestation

Villages in eastern Madhya Pradesh have come together to rid their land of lantana, an invasive species that have taken over 4% of the India’s land area, and have reclaimed their farms by cultivating millets and oilseeds

January 15, 2018
Mangrove crab farming has emerged as a lucrative option for Sindhudurg fishing communities. (Photo by Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India)

Fishers successfully farm crabs in estuaries, protect mangroves

Many coastal communities in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district have turned protectors of mangroves because they are earning supplementary incomes by farming crabs in estuaries with help from the state government and development agencies

January 12, 2018
Farmers from Dhulikhel area are actively using Jhol Mol that has improved their crop productivity. (Photo by Nivedita Khandekar)

Nepal’s organic manure could work wonders for Indian farmers

Nepal’s traditional bio-pesticide and fertilizer Jhol Mol is suited for many smallholder Indian farmers as well, as it can be easily made in a farm without resorting to artificial chemicals that are harmful for soil health

January 10, 2018
A vendor arranging kangris for sale on a footpath in a Srinagar market. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Kangri still keeps Kashmir warm in winter

The traditional fire pot of Kashmir helps people keep themselves warm in the harsh winter, retaining its utility despite the advent of modern appliances, and assuring thousands of men and women their livelihood

January 8, 2018
The fishing hamlet of Golabandha was severely damaged after Cyclone Phailin. (Photo by M. Basudev Rao)

Community rebuilds life after Cyclone Phailin wrecked their fishing hamlet

Ravaged by Cyclone Phailin, people of a fishing village buried their differences and emerged with a strong sense of unity to rebuild their lives at a relocation site

December 29, 2017
Damayanti Patra has made a mark as a mason in rural Odisha. (Photo by Gram Vikas)

Woman mason rebuilds life after devastation of Cyclone Phailin

Stepping into the exclusive male preserve of masonry, Damayanti Patra of rural Ganjam has shown exemplary determination to overcome personal tragedy and natural disaster to secure a sustainable vocation

December 27, 2017
Unchecked river erosion has led to loss of habitation and livelihoods (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Hungry Padma drives people from their homes

With various factors contributing to unchecked erosion of the banks of Padma River, villages along its course in Jalangi have lost farmlands, forcing women and men to migrate to distant places in search of a livelihood

December 25, 2017

God’s own country needs migrant workers to celebrate Christmas

In an ironic twist, Kerala today needs a large number of migrants to plug a labor shortage in a state that is well known for its people migrating out to the Gulf and various parts of India