Livelihoods

March 13, 2017
A woman in Sikkim working in her organic vegetable farm. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Organic farming starts paying dividends in Sikkim

Ever since Sikkim was declared fully organic in January 2016, local farmers say it is helping them increase their incomes, although connectivity for rapid transportation of farm produce continues to be a stumbling block

March 6, 2017
Rakesh Kumar of Chakwara village in front of his cauliflower seed farm. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Pockets of prosperity bloom in Vaishali due to cauliflower seed farming

A combination of modern farming techniques and savvy marketing of cauliflower seeds is providing a large number of young people in Vaishali a lucrative livelihood and has halted out-migration completely

March 1, 2017
The food supply chain from farms remains weak in India. (Photo by Mallika Viegas)

Land comes in between plough and plate

Increasing fragmentation of cultivated land in most parts of India makes it difficult to build supply chains of produce from farm gates to end consumers in an efficient and viable manner

February 27, 2017
Villager Agni Devi at a papaya garden that is a part of the Hesatu forest. (Photo by Chhandosree)

Growing a forest transforms Jharkhand village

The residents of Hesatu village have successfully raised a thriving forest over 365 acres of wasteland without any intervention from the state or civil society organizations that now supports livelihoods in many ways

February 24, 2017
A Bodo woman working at a traditional handloom in Rowmari village. (Photo by Action for Northeast Trust)

Bodoland families smart under ravages of climate and conflict

A combination of ethnic conflict and climate change has pushed thousands of distressed families in western Assam towards a precarious existence

February 17, 2017
A happy VNR-Bihi grower’s family in Pitkeshwar village in Pune district of Maharashtra. (Photo by VNR Nursery)

A king-sized guava that keeps farmers smiling

The VNR-Bihi variety of guava, which often weighs more than half a kilo and has a long shelf life, is being adopted by farmers across the country in large numbers as it fetches handsome returns

February 13, 2017
Murthy, who has adopted integrated pest management, has pheromone traps in his field of black gram. (Photo by R. Samuel)

Organic farming fetches higher returns for Puducherry farmers

Farmers in Sorapattu village have reduced the costs of farming inputs by curbing use of chemical fertilizers and embracing integrated pest management, which has resulted in higher incomes for them

February 10, 2017
The tablet girls of Ranchi. (Photo by Alok Gupta)

Tablet girls of Jharkhand storm digital bastion

Trained and equipped by the Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society, bookkeepers of women’s self-help groups in villages are using computer tablets to maintain loan records

February 1, 2017
Residents of Bariyarpur village have borrowed money and settled on the southern side of the elevated road to escape the regular flooding. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Bariyarpur farmers paying heavy price for Gopalganj-Bettiah bridge

Victims of ill-planned infrastructure development, villagers in this Paschim Champaran village are now forced to migrate because prime agricultural land has turned infertile. Flooding in parts of the village has increased as well, they say

January 20, 2017
A Kashmiri artisan weaving a Pashmina shawl on his handloom. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Damage to Kashmiri handicrafts is affecting livelihoods

Sales of handmade Kashmiri carpets and shawls, which are the most profitable proportion of the valley’s once-thriving handicrafts industry, have declined drastically as machine-made products flood the market