Livelihoods

November 1, 2017
Women in India’s villages have come a long way. (Photo by Pixabay)

Rural women’s collectives are all about empowerment

Self-help groups in villages bring financial and social empowerment to women, changing entrenched perceptions on their competence in managing their affairs

October 30, 2017
Fertilizer bags stacked in a warehouse in Andhra Pradesh. (Photo by Bikalp Chamola)

Technology-enabled sale streamlines fertilizer supply chain

Linking technology and Aadhaar unique identity numbers, the direct benefit transfer of fertilizer subsidy in Andhra Pradesh has helped in curbing malpractices and has benefited farmers by preventing leakages

October 25, 2017
What happens after cattle die? (Photo by J King)

Flayers and leather workers are victims of thick-skinned polity

Leather workers and people who deal with cattle carcasses remain an oppressed minority in villages across India, languishing at the bottom rung of rural society and ignored by governments at all levels

October 20, 2017
Women who remain on the island after the men migrate take shelter in a stilt house during floods. (Photo by Sayanti Sengupta)

Women-centric interventions needed for flood-ravaged Sundarbans islands

After men migrate for work, women of Mousuni Island in the Sundarbans in West Bengal have to struggle for survival, losing land to floods and erosion, and livelihoods to salinity ingress

October 16, 2017
Rajpurohit’s coconut farm in the desert state of Rajasthan is an inspiration to many prospective growers in the region. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Farmers grow coconuts in deserts to improve livelihoods

Many farmers in India, the world’s top coconut producing country, have successfully introduced coconut farming in arid regions to meet growing demand and to boost earnings

October 2, 2017
Pots on display for sale at Sarkhej Roza. (Photo by Gajanan Khergamker)

In Gandhi’s Gujarat, potters keep shine on Hindu-Muslim amity

Despite insufficient income, lean periods during monsoons and unexpected hardship such as the floods this year, the Sumra Muslim potters return every year to Sarkhej Roza, where the pots they make are bought by Hindu wholesale traders, evoking secular unity

September 27, 2017
Can India’s villages be home to increased industrial activity? (Photo by Pixabay)

How can we kick-start Make in Rural India?

A significant portion of the government’s flagship Make in India initiative can be realized in the country’s rural areas through enterprises that have potential to benefit and provide employment to a large number of people

September 25, 2017
Gouranga Kuila’s pavilion art for a puja in Kolkata (Photo by Gouranga Kuila)

Bengal’s farmers are behind Kolkata’s stunning Durga Puja pandals

Designing and building the temporary pavilions that house the deity during West Bengal’s biggest annual festival remains the preserve of rural artisans — chiefly farmers and folk artists — despite an increasing presence of professionals from creative arts in this field

September 22, 2017
Dongria women at a seed festival. (Photo by Susanta Dalai)

Niyamgiri tribe revive wild harvests after Vedanta victory

Judicious use of wild uncultivated foods and revival of indigenous crops are helping the Dongria Kondh tribe of Niyamgiri to boost food security beyond their successful campaign against mining giant Vedanta

September 20, 2017
Gopalji Trivedi (right), former vice-chancellor of Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University at Pusa, convinced farmers in Mutlupur to use a barren wetland for agricultural purposes. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Mutlupur farmers transform neglected wetland into integrated farm

A group of farmers have converted a shunned wetland to practice fish farming, agroforestry and horticulture, providing employment and livelihood opportunities to impoverished villagers