Livelihoods

June 21, 2017
Cattle fodder in common lands and forests has become scarce in India due to weed infestation. (Photo by Shankar S.)

For some more blades of grass

Instead of raising a hue and cry to protect cows, more immediate action is required to make fodder available to the large cattle population in the country by controlling the menace of unwanted shrubs and weeds in India’s pastures and forests

June 19, 2017
Farmers protested and threw away their onion harvest as prices crashed. (Photo by Atul Deulgaonkar)

Marathwada farmers face bleak sowing season

Although the Maharashtra government has announced a loan waiver, deeply indebted farmers of Marathwada still do not know how they will get the money to buy farm inputs this sowing season ahead of the monsoon

June 9, 2017
Kiraksal village is in Satara's most drought-prone Maan taluk. Villagers are following the ridge-to-valley method of watershed works. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Competition encourages watershed management to drought-proof Maharashtra villages

As part of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017, over 1,300 villages in drought-prone areas of Maharashtra are creating water-harvesting structures to overcome chronic water scarcity, particularly during the hot season

June 7, 2017
Farm ponds to harvest and store rainwater could be an optimal solution in some places. (Photo by Aftab Alam)

Water control is the strongest anti-poverty measure

Once we realize that one size does not fit all, it will be easier for the government and civil society organizations to tailor strategies to manage water in the different agro-climatic regions of the country that truly benefits the rural poor

June 5, 2017
Babudhan Murmu with a set for a Chador Badoni show. (Photo by Channdosree)

Indigenous art forms of Santhal Pargana are in need of revival

The last few practitioners of Chador Badoni, a form of puppetry, and Jadu Patiya, a form of painting and story telling, say their art forms may soon be lost to modern times unless there is a serious attempt to revive them

May 31, 2017
Kerala is a land of water bodies. A state government mission now aims at conserving, cleaning and clearing them up to store water and to aid water transport that the state is known for. The image shows the lagoon of Kadinamkulam in Thiruvananthapuram. (Photo by Climatalk)

After the drought, Kerala to chase monsoon to catch rain where it falls

After the century’s worst drought, people in Kerala are now getting ready to harvest rain in their backyard wells, temple ponds and lush forests. Citizens, voluntary groups and the state government are ready with a set of measures. It just needs to rain.

May 29, 2017
Balakrishnan Marimuthu dug two farm ponds, with which he grew coconuts to offset paddy loss this year. (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Farmers in coastal Tamil Nadu battle drought with smart farming

Farmers of Vedaranayam in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu are surviving the current drought by growing diverse crops that suit their soil, despite the failure of the rains and not getting water from the Cauvery River for many years

May 24, 2017
A small pump irrigating an onion farm. (Photo by Hamish John Appleby / IWMI)

Small pumps are a viable solution for poor farmers

Although small pumps for irrigation doesn’t get the attention it deserves, evidence from groundwater-rich states such as Assam, Jharkhand and Odisha show that they have significant benefits for small and marginal farmers

May 22, 2017

Small pumps hold promise for smallholder farmers in Jharkhand

Many small and marginal farmers in Lohardaga and Gumla are using tiny pumps to irrigate vegetable fields, an entrepreneurial model that has potential to increase incomes for smallholders since groundwater is abundant in the state

May 19, 2017
Vishwajit Akre of Ranwadi village at his pomegranate farm near Wardha. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Pomegranate spells profits for Maharashtra farmers

The consistently high returns from growing pomegranates in Maharashtra, the epicenter of the fruit’s production in India, have seen many farmers adopt it over water-guzzling crops such as sugarcane and cotton