Livelihoods

June 14, 2019
Revival of their traditional embroidery has helped the Lambadi women augment their household income and prevent migration (Photo by Jency Samuel)

Revival of Lambadi embroidery stems migration

Failing monsoons forced Lambadi tribes in Sittilingi valley of Tamil Nadu to migrate, but a revival of traditional embroidery by women has enhanced household incomes and stemmed migration

June 10, 2019
Gautam Bera’s wife is happy with the tomato harvest. Although farm productivity has increased after land shaping, local farmers are now facing challenges in tackling pest infestation (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Land shaping benefits Sundarban farmers

A combination of reshaping land and harvesting rainwater has helped farmers in the Sundarbans to overcome soil salinity and increase farm incomes. They now need consistent technical support

June 7, 2019
With the native Thooyamalli paddy saplings ready for transplantation, Govindasamy believed everything was under control (Photo by Sathya Anbajagane)

How an organic experiment went wrong

The wilting of organic paddy in a coastal farm was misdiagnosed as due to soil salinity, but was actually a pest attack brought on by an overdose of organic insecticide and nitrogen-rich manure

June 3, 2019
With poultry waste providing cooking fuel and natural fertilizer, Wados village has a sustainable poultry farming practice (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Success eggs on Sindhudurg farmers

Demand for eggs and good market linkage have led to once-struggling farmers take up layer poultry, boosting income and earning Wados village a place in India’s egg production map

May 31, 2019
Landslides that resulted after the August 2018 deluge have left steep inclines near coffee grower Shanteyenda’s house, making restoration difficult (Photo by Amoolya Rajappa)

Kodagu coffee growers struggle after deluge

Coffee planters in Kodagu are still suffering from the effects of incessant rainfall and landslides of August 2018 that resulted in loss of topsoil, crops and yield. Growers are now seeking better reservoir management

May 27, 2019
Broad bed and furrow system of land shaping has helped farmers like Sudhir Datta overcome the effects of extreme weather events and increase farm income (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Andaman farmers reshape land for better farming

Land shaping has helped farmers in the Andaman Islands increase farm incomes despite limited availability of land, increasing soil salinity and inundations caused by cyclones and tides

May 22, 2019
Understanding the need for conservation of biodiversity, villagers of Mandasaru have strengthened forest protection measures (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Biodiversity takes center stage in Odisha’s silent valley

Forest communities of Mandasaru hills are taking steps to conserve biodiversity in Odisha’s silent valley, even as the world celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May

May 20, 2019
Women farmers who grow flowers harvest them for three months, increasing their household income (Photo by Manish Kumar Shukla)

Flowers bring women sweet scent of success

Struggling to make a living from subsistence farming, women farmers in southern Rajasthan have succeeded in breaking the cycle of poverty and doubling household incomes by cultivating marigold and roses

May 17, 2019
Seed pens, while helping reduce plastic waste, provide the physically challenged with a home-based livelihood (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Physically challenged script success with seed pens

Biodegradable pens filled with seeds provide a viable livelihood to Kerala’s physically challenged people. While offering an ecofriendly alternative to plastic pens, these seed pens sprout plants after use

May 15, 2019
Women farmers of Gandichuan, who are members of a self-help group, enjoy food and nutritional security, enabled by interventions through their collective (Photo by Shashank Deora)

Women’s collectives need to think beyond livelihoods

Agricultural interventions by women have ensured nutritional security in many parts of rural Odisha. Building further capacity will now help them see themselves as change agents who can tackle societal issues