Livelihoods

May 5, 2017
Farmer Jesuraj of Pudukottai in his farm where he practises agroforestry. (Photo by R. Samuel)

From subsistence farming to agroforestry and prosperity

Farmers in the southern reaches of Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu have turned to agroforestry to protect and boost incomes because falling groundwater levels and overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides had made agriculture unsustainable in the area

May 3, 2017
The rice fields of South Kamrup in Assam. (Photo by Bikalp Chamola)

Small water pumps script success story in Assam

A survey conducted in South Kamrup in Assam shows that use of small water pumps for irrigation in an area where groundwater is abundant has resulted in significant increases in earnings for smallholder and marginal farmers

May 1, 2017
Getting a good price for tur has become difficult for subsistence farmers. (Photo by ALC India)

Telangana’s tur dal farmers face yet another uncertain season

The constant swing in the prices of tur dal in Telangana from one year to the next and tardy implementation of the government’s procurement mechanism have made life tough for thousands of subsistence farmers in Kodangal and Husnabad

April 28, 2017
Reaching irrigated water to farms remains a challenge in India. (Photo by Nagarjun Kendukuru)

Time has come to rethink the way we irrigate farmland

Rethinking irrigation needs to focus on end results and in exploring every possible way of reaching water to crop roots. For this to happen, perhaps the hegemony of the irrigation bureaucracy needs to come to an end

April 17, 2017
Women in Patna district say the grain bank has released them from exploitation by landed farmers. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Anaj Bank frees Dalits from fear of hunger in Bihar

Community managed rice banks in several areas of Patna district in Bihar have released hundreds of Dalit families from the exploitative practices of powerful landlords by ensuring food during the lean season

April 10, 2017
Organic rice is being transplanted in Uttar Dinajpur district of West Bengal. (Photo by Dhruba Dasgupta)

A smart village rises in Bengal through agricultural entrepreneurship

A Food and Agriculture Integrated Development Action program implemented independently through a health, education and employment center has transformed Nandangram village in West Bengal by growing high quality farm produce

April 7, 2017
A moringa crop is ready for harvest at a farm near Rajkot town. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Organic farming for better yields takes wing in Gujarat

Inspired by examples of farmers earning ample returns through various techniques of chemicals-free farming, a farmers’ produce company in Rajkot is writing a new chapter on sustainable agriculture in arid and semi-arid zones

March 31, 2017
A village woman in Elephanta cleans household utensils at a well that barely contains any water. (Photo by Gajanan Khergamker)

Development a distant dream on Elephanta Island

Finally set to get electricity 70 years into Independence, the development and availability of basic necessities of life such as clean drinking water or a health facility remains illusive at the three villages on Elephanta Island

March 29, 2017
Despairing farmers driven to suicide has become a common phenomenon in India. (Photo by Prabhu B Doss)

Droughts, floods, and suicides: What Bihar can teach Maharashtra and other states

A deeper dive is needed to draw insights from the low prevalence of farmer suicides in Bihar than in more developed regions of India such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh

March 24, 2017
Phincho Tsering Dukpa has decided to sell more than half of his land because of frequent losses. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Wild animals spoil farmers’ hard work in Darjeeling

Crop depredation by wildlife is one of the biggest problems facing the livelihood security of many farmers in Darjeeling, with most of them losing up to 40% of their crop every year