April 24, 2019
Dairy farming could yield rich dividends in the central and eastern tribal belts in the country (Photo by Flickr)

Dairy farming in tribal regions holds enormous promise

With a little help from the government and specialized agencies, the promotion of dairy farming among the tribal people of central and eastern India has potential to lift millions out of poverty

April 22, 2019
Manjula Amma's field next to Laxmisagar tank, where Bengaluru’s treated wastewater is stored, has sufficient water for irrigation (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Drought-hit farmers grow crops with treated wastewater

After Karnataka government pumped Bengaluru city’s treated wastewater into Kolar’s tanks last year, farmers made use of the raised groundwater table to grow crops amidst concerns of contamination

April 17, 2019
Bera, a village of pastoralists, is one of the 29 villages to be relocated from Sariska Tiger Reserve area (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Sariska’s herders fear livelihood loss with eviction

Nomadic pastoralists being evicted from Sariska Tiger Reserve to conserve tigers introduced from Ranthambore fear loss of livelihoods, and life in relocation settlements with poor amenities

April 15, 2019
Dasarathi Lahajar and the others from Kalahandi district, who migrated to Telangana for work, had to be rescued from bondage (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Oriya bonded labor languish after being rescued

Migrant workers from western Odisha who are rescued from bondage at destination sites continue to languish in poverty for want of rural employment and rehabilitation support

April 12, 2019
Alternate livelihoods help women like Sabitri Barman earn more and be less dependent on forest resources (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Manas villagers benefit from alternate livelihoods

Shifting to non-forest livelihoods has helped landless families around Manas National Park to avoid human-animal conflicts, and earn more without denuding the forests

April 8, 2019
The soap-making unit of the Khadi and Gramodyog Sahakari Uttpadak Sangha in Hudali is known for its nominally priced Kutir soap made of anti-bacterial neem oil (Photo by Amoolya Rajappa)

Hudali keeps khadi cooperative flag flying

The first khadi unit to be established in southern India at Hudali in Karnataka continues as a successful rural artisanal cooperative, supplying a variety of products to industries and urban consumers

April 5, 2019
Most smallholder and marginal farmers in Bihar cannot afford the additional cost of irrigating their fields (Photo by Santosh Singh)

Declining rainfall places farming at risk in Bihar

The economy of Bihar is in jeopardy as the number of no rainfall days due to climate change is showing an increasing trend in a state that depends heavily on rain-fed agriculture

April 3, 2019
Street plays help the farmers articulate their problems and learn innovative farming practices easily (Photo by Rakhee Roytalukdar)

Vagad farmers stage progress marches

Tribal farmers of the Vagad region have been marching through villages to find local solutions to farming and community problems through participation and discussion

March 29, 2019
Families in Rampura face homelessness (Photo by Maithreyi Kamalanathan)

Villagers face eviction near Panna forest reserve

The residents of Rampura, a small village in the buffer zone of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, have been asked to move. But, they say, with no allocation of alternative land, they have nowhere to go

March 27, 2019
The government’s income support to small farmers may not be sustainable in the long run (Photo by Jeevan Singla)

Is farmer income support a sustainable solution?

Income support to smallholder farmers is similar to palliative measures like minimum support prices or loan waivers that do not address the problem of an unsustainable population living on a fixed resource base