Livelihoods

December 2, 2019

Bamboo eliminates poverty among Wayanad villagers

Impoverished villages in Kerala’s Wayanad have found green gold in bamboo handicrafts and utility products, which have helped eliminate poverty and given them a regular source of income

November 29, 2019

Diversified organic farming can transform Marathwada

Smallholder women farmers in the climate-threatened Marathwada region of Maharashtra are ensuring nutritional security and additional income for their families through diversified organic agriculture

November 22, 2019
Farmers who have lost their land to river erosion have been forced to stay in makeshift camps, as state government tries to rework a 2015 rehabilitation scheme (Photo by Amarjyoti Borah)

Families along Brahmaputra lose land to river erosion

Having lost homesteads and farmlands to river erosion, Assam’s farmers living in makeshift camps seek government intervention, even as state administration tries to rework a rehabilitation scheme announced in 2015

November 18, 2019

Bengal fishermen face livelihood quandary

Bottom trawling in banned near-shore areas has been destroying marine ecosystems, affecting traditional fishermen, and forcing some to work in those very trawlers to earn a living

November 15, 2019

Rural women place Sujini embroidery on global map

Craftswomen of Bihar have tailored Sujini, a traditional embroidery once practiced for internal use, to suit modern needs, lending it an international appeal

November 8, 2019

Gond children learn to conserve forests

With their forests degrading for a variety of reasons, Gond elders are rekindling interest about forest biodiversity among the younger generation, and are inspiring villagers to protect the forests

November 6, 2019
Sheep spread out on a barren stretch that was once a field of cumin (Photo by Namita Waikar)

Kachchh pastoralists struggle as grasslands shrink in Gujarat

Pastoralists from Kachchh walk great distances in search of grazing lands for their sheep in Gujarat, even as pastures disappear or become inaccessible, and climate patterns get ever more erratic

November 4, 2019

Sinnar farmers switch to multi-cropping for resilient earnings

Growing a variety of crops in different portions of a field, farmers in Nashik district have improved soil health and productivity, reduced diseases and seed-to-sale time, and boosted revenue

November 1, 2019

Himachal apples give way to pomegranates

Changes in climatic conditions have led to Himachal farmers growing pomegranates, as many find that apple cultivation, other than high-density varieties, is no longer economically viable

October 30, 2019

Can handlooms provide a viable rural livelihood?

There are reasons not to give up entirely on the rural handloom sector, and we can learn from northeast India on how artisanal weaving can still be an attractive livelihood option