Livelihoods

November 30, 2016

Trade tumbles at Sonepur cattle fair after demonetization

The severe scarcity of currency notes have resulted in business at India’s largest cattle fair, which is conducted entirely in cash, crashing to a halt with most sellers returning home empty handed

November 28, 2016
Unsold fresh fish being dried to be sold in packets. (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Currency tsunami hits Kerala fisher village

The poor women of Anju Thengue island village in Kerala have been caught unprepared by the ban on banknotes that has seen prices crash and a near total collapse of the fish market

November 25, 2016
Farm labor Pratibha Vilas Kamthe has recently gone from cash salary to salary paid into her bank account. (Photo by Gouri Agtey Athale)

Small vegetable farmers in Maharashtra suffer blow from demonetization

The people in rural Pune are past the initial shocks of demonetization and are now coming to grips with it, but there are signs of distress among growers and sellers of fruits and vegetables

November 23, 2016
Turnover for the Dharmaraj couple of Valarpuram village, who run a small tea stall, has halved after the demonetization announcement. (Photo by Jency Samuel)

Rural Tamil Nadu shows resilience as currency crisis disrupts life

For villagers in Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur, particularly the poor, the trashing of high-value banknotes is another hardship among many that they have to face

November 21, 2016
There's no work to be had for daily wage laborers. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Farmers, daily wage laborers in Odisha badly hurt by demonetization

Farmers and those in rural areas who make a living as daily wage laborers in Odisha have been left stranded by the demonetization drive by the Indian government that has led to a huge scarcity of lower denomination notes

November 18, 2016

Demonetization and the rural poor in five dimensions

The junking of high value currency notes has led to an unprecedented situation where the poor are more at risk from manipulation by the unscrupulous than from any crippling financial loss in the short or medium terms, barring exceptions

November 16, 2016
Fishermen decide to fish or not based on ocean statistics and weather forecast through the mobile app. (Photo by Jency Samuel)

Tamil Nadu fishermen leverage smartphone technology to boost fish yields

For fishing communities in coastal Tamil Nadu, the uncertainties of finding richer fishing areas in sea has been significantly reduced through a phone app called Fisher Friendly Mobile Application that also provides safety alerts

November 9, 2016
The Idukki cardamom has high demand in the international market. (Photo by Saravanakumar)

Cardamom hills of Kerala face daunting drought

After the failure of both the South West and North East monsoons, cardamom farmers of Idukki in Kerala are staring at massive losses

November 2, 2016

Women in Guphu show power of collective action

Collective action has enabled many women in Khunti in Jharkhand to rise out of poverty, providing them with new opportunities and ensuring greater choice in their lives

October 31, 2016

Community initiative recharges water table in Kumbharwalan village

Collective action through a pani panchayat (water council) has enabled a remote village in Pune district of Maharashtra to provide for adequate irrigation in this rain shadow area prone to droughts