Livelihoods

October 14, 2019
Women in Maligaon carrying out maintenance work at the village’s solar panels. Four such groups have been created to take care of the regular maintenance and upkeep of the powerhouse (Photograph by Ashutosh Bhat)

Chemistry Nobel Prize has a rural Odisha connection

People of Maligaon village in Odisha are for the first time using lithium ferro-phosphate batteries invented by Nobel laureate John Goodenough to store power from their solar mini-grid

October 11, 2019
In Tharuvaikulam village, middle-aged men like Anthony Duraiswamy and Anthoniyar Pitchai switched from palmyrah-based livelihood to sustainable fishing (Photo by Jency Samuel)

Palmyrah tappers move from climbing trees to casting nets

After a drought and a ban on toddy tapping, palmyrah climbers of a coastal village have taken to the sea, practicing sustainable fishing to conserve marine life and earn a livelihood

October 9, 2019

Shyok Valley farmers lack access to market

Despite growing apricots and apples, farmers in Shyok Valley in northern Ladakh are unable to turn a profit because lack of connectivity makes it difficult to sell their produce

October 4, 2019

Rural BPO centers in Bihar open new doors for girls

Business process outsourcing companies in rural Bihar are providing local job opportunities for educated, computer-literate girls in their village, empowering them socially and financially

September 30, 2019
Training and local employment have enhanced the learning and economic status of rural youth like Mahesh and Kumaresan (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Rural youth turn software developers right after school

Rural youth with the right aptitude are trained and employed in a technology company in Tirunelveli. Local employment has prevented migration and improved the families’ economic status

September 27, 2019
A fashion show organized by the district administration in Bishnupur has attracted new buyers, thus helping the weavers (Photo courtesy Manas Mandal)

Handcrafted Baluchari sarees see festive resurgence

The exquisitely handcrafted Baluchari sarees of Bengal have made a welcome comeback. Once forced into menial jobs, Baluchari weavers are busy again because demand is increasing

September 25, 2019
Apple growers in Kashmir are worried that they will suffer losses in the ongoing harvesting season due to restrictions on transportation and communication (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Kashmiri farmers struggle to sell bumper fruit harvest

Despite a good harvest of apples and pears, farmers in Kashmir are finding it difficult to sell their produce due to restrictions imposed by the authorities on transportation and communication facilities

September 20, 2019
The hardy Amrit Mahal breed of Karnataka that once enjoyed royal patronage has been dwindling in numbers (Photo by Amoolya Rajappa)

Native Amrit Mahal cattle need better conservation

There is an urgent need for better conservation of Amrit Mahal, a draughty, native breed of Karnataka that can toil and endure for long hours at a stretch, but have been dwindling in numbers

September 18, 2019
The craft of Kuthampully weavers in Kerala faces an uncertain future (Photo by Remya Padmadas)

Are handlooms in rural India only capable of weaving poverty?

We need to reflect why once handlooms wove joy, culture and incomes but today weave only poverty, unable to sustain livelihoods of people in our villages, except for a few outliers

September 16, 2019
Harvesting rainwater in ponds and recharging groundwater counter the impact of salinity, helping farmers like Dhirubhai Dhudiya improve farm productivity (Photo by Tata Trusts)

Smart water management mitigates coastal salinity

Rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge through ponds and desilting of check dams have curtailed salinity ingress in coastal Gujarat, increasing freshwater availability