Livelihoods

May 15, 2017
The vast expanse of water has degenerated into smaller water patches upstream of the Enamavu barrage. (Photo by S. Gopikrishna Warrier)

Kole farmers of Kerala reel under unprecedented drought

Inadequate freshwater supply from rivers and saline ingress has dealt a double blow to the rice farmers of Kole paddy lands in Kerala even as the state tries to cope with a severe drought

May 12, 2017

Women artisans of Thar Desert overcome adversity through embroidery

Undeterred by displacement from Pakistan during the 1971 war and resettled in the unforgiving Thar Desert, women now living in Bikaner district have used their skills of traditional embroidery to earn a living with dignity

May 10, 2017

Solar pumps bring relief to smallholder farmers in Rayagada

Using small solar-powered pumps to irrigate vegetable gardens could transform lives of tribal farmers in Rayagada district of Odisha by boosting farm incomes and stopping seasonal migration to faraway places

May 8, 2017

Dry land distress drives people to break stones in quarries

A lack of livelihood opportunities is compelling villagers of Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh to take up jobs in local stone quarries, where unregulated work conditions are often extremely hazardous for their health

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