January 14, 2019
Without any effective investment in dust control mechanisms, lethal dust spreads freely around laborers in Pindwara’s stone-carving factories, where work is performed for temples (Photo by Yuvraj Dhir)

Temple carvers unite against scourge of silicosis

Three out of every 10 stone-carving workers in Rajasthan, who build temples, are facing death due to silicosis. They are now unionizing to demand freedom from disease and for dignity in god’s work

January 11, 2019
Streamlining Eri silk weaving has helped women weavers earn a livelihood using their traditional skills. (Photo by Grameen Sahara)

Kamrup women lead Eri silk revival for improved livelihoods

Linking markets with traditional Eri silk weavers in many parts of Assam, non-profit organization Grameen Sahara has enabled thousands of village women to boost their household incomes

January 7, 2019
Farmers in Bankura district of West Bengal grow traditional varieties of rice, including aromatic rice, organically, to conserve and propagate them (Photo by ARSWS)

Bengal farmers conserve heritage rice against climate vagaries

Going against the general preference for high-yielding rice, some marginal farmers in Bankura have started conserving, documenting and propagating traditional rice varieties that are on the brink of extinction

January 4, 2019
Women artisans like Tina Chhatoi do most of the stitching involved in applique work in Pipli, a hub for traditional and modern applique handicraft (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Pipli craftsmen adapt to modern needs for better prospects

Despite falling demand, applique craftsmen and traders of Pipli in Odisha are trying to ensure that their handicraft evolves to satisfy changing aesthetic needs, with hopes for a better future

December 31, 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

December 28, 2018

Bhimashankar villagers multiply indigenous seeds

A school in Pune has got a rural community together to cultivate indigenous rice, millets and pulses, and helps them market the native varieties in order to conserve and propagate them

December 26, 2018
The importance of apple cultivation is decreasing in the mountain villages of Uttarakhand (Photo by Sandeep Chetan)

Mountain farmers adapt to life beyond apples

As impacts of climate change and unwise human interventions push traditional farmers in Uttarakhand to the wall, they are adapting by embracing new crops and livelihoods

December 24, 2018
Gnanasekaran finds mesquite pod powder a good cost effective cattle feed that also helps increase milk yield (Photo courtesy Gnanasekaran)

Tamil farmers innovate to overcome fodder shortage

Faced with a shortage of cattle feed, farmers in several districts of Tamil Nadu have adopted offbeat solutions that not only bring feeding costs down but also increase the yields of milk

December 21, 2018
The weaving unit of Langei project in Nongpok Sanjenbam village not only provides employment to the women but also sustains traditional weaving (Photo by Ninglun Hanghal)

Manipur villagers initiate successful economic development

Residents of Nongpok Sanjenbam, an underdeveloped Manipuri village, have come together to bring about economic and social transformation, enjoying the benefits in the process

December 19, 2018
Sohabati Devi looks at her BINA rice crop that recovered from a devastating flood and is ready for harvest (Photo by IRRI India)

Stress-tolerant rice aids Uttar Pradesh farmers

With her crop surviving nearly two weeks of submergence and recovering from an intense flood, Sohabati Devi of Maharajganj has every reason to smile and be proud of her decision to plant a stress-tolerant rice variety