Livelihoods

April 6, 2018
Streamlining Eri silk weaving has helped women weavers earn a livelihood using their traditional skills. (Photo by Grameen Sahara)

Kamrup women lead Eri silk revival for improved livelihoods

Linking markets with traditional Eri silk weavers in many parts of Assam, non-profit organization Grameen Sahara has enabled thousands of village women to boost their household incomes

April 4, 2018
Betel leaf farmer Krishnan of Tirur continues to cultivate it in spite of falling exports. (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Why farmers in this Kerala village pray for peace with Pakistan

Having seen fluctuations in the export of betel leaf to Pakistan over the years, Malappuram betel farmers in northern Kerala remain hopeful of overcoming the present impasse and resuming a profitable trade

March 28, 2018
The use of harvester-cum-thresher machines has led to stubble burning in farms, which has worsened the problem of air pollution in India. (Photo by Vivian Fernandes)

How to develop divisible technology for the rural poor

There is a need to develop easily divisible technologies that do not need heavy investment, after taking into consideration social customs and cultural practices of rural users

March 26, 2018
Farmers in Pimpari Dumala, with a sample of the custard apple they harvested. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Custard apple ushers in affluence to Maharashtra farmers

Farmers in Pimpari Dumala in Maharashtra have prospered so much by growing custard apples that they have spurned land acquisition offers to expand industrial estates

March 23, 2018
Women organic farmers promoting their produce through a lunch, an innovative marketing approach. (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Digital push boosts incomes for Sundarbans’ organic farmers

A digital platform has helped women farmers living in the northern fringes of Sundarbans in West Bengal to sell organically grown indigenous rice and other produce directly to customers, helping them to book higher profits

March 21, 2018
Naga tribes in Jalukie Valley have shifted from jhum cultivation to wadi plantations of pineapple, mango, etc. (Photo by Rongmei Baptist Association)

Social entrepreneur sets Naga tribes on path of progress

In an underdeveloped part of Jalukie Valley in Nagaland, the church-based Rongmei Baptist Association has gone beyond call of faith to help tribal communities uplift themselves through development interventions

March 19, 2018
A woman farmer with the strawberries she picked in a farm in Chilhaki Bigha village. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Bihar farmers taste success with sweet strawberries

Farmers in an Aurangabad village prone to drought and Maoist insurgency have defied scientific opinion, and cultivated strawberries successfully, boosting the local economy

March 16, 2018
Farmers working in a vegetable farm in Ompora in Budgam ensure availability of fresh produce across the state in winter. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Kashmir’s vegetable farmers reap rich dividends

Bringing more land under vegetable cultivation and using technology, farmers in Kashmir have made fresh produce available for the state in winter and for other states in summer

March 14, 2018
Farmers near Nashik in Maharashtra on their way to the market with their tomato harvest. (Photo by Michael Foley)

There’s more to horticulture than tomatoes, onions and potatoes

While the priority given to tomato, onion and potato (TOP) farmers by the Prime Minister is a welcome move, special attention must be given to smallholder vegetable growers, since horticulture provides a nutrition and income buffer to the rural poor

March 12, 2018
Girls become dancers to escape poverty, but end up being exploited by their masters. (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Purulia’s nachaniyas still dance to escape destitution

Exploited by their so-called masters, the folk dancers of rural Bengal have no option but to keep dancing and entertaining to escape poverty and destitution, shunned by society and with no help from the government