Livelihoods

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

March 20, 2017
A betel leaf vineyard in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

After defeating Posco, farmers turn to reclaim betel leaf economy

The formal closure of Posco’s steel plant project in Odisha is seen as a victory of agrarian economy over unwanted industrialization and the betel leaf farmers of Jagatsinghpur are rejoicing, although those who lost their land face new challenges

March 17, 2017
A farmer couple on their way to the market with their jackfruit harvest. (Photo by Sri Padre / Adhike Patrike)

Jackfruit enjoys a second spring in Kerala

Growing profusely in the state, jackfruit is no longer a neglected crop in God’s own country because it is fetching high returns for farmers and there’s increasing awareness and acceptance of its many uses

March 15, 2017
The Barak River routinely floods its banks in the rainy season every year. (Photo by Monica Roy)

Living with the clockwork floods of Barak River

The state seems to be indifferent to the plight of the large number of people settled in the Barak Valley in southern Assam, and they are left to fend for themselves when the river routinely floods its banks every monsoon