Livelihoods

August 25, 2017
Rahibai in her farm of landrace hyacinth bean that she has helped conserve among other traditional crop varieties. (Photo by BAIF)

Maharashtra’s tribal farmers revive traditional crops

Recognizing the significance of traditional crop varieties that can withstand climate-related vagaries and offer nutrition security, tribal farmers have started to conserve and propagate local cultivars

August 23, 2017
Pooran Adivasi near his farm pond with some water, even as the rest of the landscape wears a parched look. (Photo by Nachiket Sule)

Restored farm ponds help Sahariyas tide over drought

Even as Madhya Pradesh reels under severe drought, residents of a tribal village who were denied access to water have collectively restored farm ponds to harvest the meager rainfall to fulfill their water needs

August 21, 2017
Pastureland is shrinking in the country and feeding within premises is gaining prominence. (Photo by Saif Noor)

India needs more fodder to prevent cattle starvation

The estimated increase in cattle population due to growth in dairy farming and ban on cow slaughter will need increased production of fodder and restoration of common pastures to prevent livestock starvation

August 16, 2017
New horizons for entrepreneurship are opening up as the village economy makes new demands. (Photo by Ravi Teja)

It’s time to explore new possibilities in village enterprises

A new generation of rural businesses are being established to cater to the changing needs of the countryside that require very little capital infusion to start and expand. There is now a need to put in place a financial ecosystem for these enterprises to thrive

August 14, 2017
Houses on raised ground help char villagers stay safe during floods with banana trees and vegetable gardens preventing soil erosion. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Assam flood fury leaves high houses on river islands untouched

A simple innovation of building houses on a raised and reinforced earthen platform has spared many village homes on the easily flooded islands on the Brahmaputra and its tributaries

August 11, 2017
Sangita Mhatre and her husband Shashikant in their jasmine nursery, preparing saplings to be sold to other farmers. (Photo by BAIF)

Enterprising woman farmer charts a path to prosperity

From an impoverished homemaker to a successful farmer and trusted counselor for many women in the area, the story of Sangita Mhatre of Mande is an inspiring tale of how women in rural India can take charge of their destiny given the slightest of opportunities

August 9, 2017
NGOs have played a pivotal role in the women’s self-help group movement in India. (Photo by McKay Savage)

Rural India needs a reformed NGO sector

The need of the hour in the non-governmental sector is for the government to keep a transparent check on non-performing NGOs while recognizing and appreciating NGOs and their teams that make a positive contribution towards rural development

August 2, 2017
Finding full employment in rural areas is not easy. (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

Non-farm enterprises as job creators in rural India

Targeted interventions and managerial assistance to promote non-farm rural enterprises have the potential to create a large number of jobs in the countryside while at the same time stemming the flow of distress migration

July 31, 2017

Kerala fishermen brave dangerous sea to eke out a livelihood

Small fishers on the Kerala coast venture out in the rough Arabian Sea during the monsoon season for a living, but there’s very little help they get in the way of easily accessible forecasts

July 24, 2017
Farmers weighing their produce at the weighbridge in Singur. (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Singur emerges as procurement hub for local farmers

Once the infamous political battlefield centered on the construction of a car factory, Singur in West Bengal has become a beacon of hope for local farmers, who sell their produce wholesale at fair prices at a state government promoted marketplace