Livelihoods

April 27, 2020

Social capital enables tomato farmers to sell produce during lockdown

A federation of farmer producer companies has coordinated with a few organizations, helping farmers sell their produce at reasonable rates, by supplying vegetables to consumers through multiple channels

April 20, 2020

New seedless grape variety shows enormous export potential

A new seedless variety developed by a farmer-innovator of Maharashtra has better qualities than existing varieties and is a big draw in the export market

April 10, 2020

Fishermen brace themselves to sail through COVID-19 storm

With the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, fishermen and women whose livelihood depend on a daily catch find it hard to meet household needs

March 20, 2020

How Jharkhand’s tribal farmers increase farm-based income

Farmers in central Indian tribal belt have adopted various farm-based livelihoods successfully, through Lakhpati Kisan, a program that helps boost their income in a sustainable manner

March 11, 2020
Women who had conserved and preserved indigenous seed varieties brought the same to the festival that encouraged them to revive agricultural biodiversity (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Seed festivals put spotlight on conservation of indigenous seeds

As we commemorate International Women’s Week, in remote villages of Odisha, women farmers, traditional custodians of seeds, are conserving indigenous seeds, reviving soil health and nutritional biodiversity

February 28, 2020

Difficult circumstances force Odisha’s tribes to ignore illnesses

Faced with recurring problems of poverty and famine, tribal people in underdeveloped Kalahandi district avoid seeking treatment for sicknesses, allowing nature take its course

February 7, 2020

Nand Gawalis struggle to sustain pastoralist lifestyle

Traditional pastoral communities find upkeep of indigenous cattle and migratory lifestyle unsustainable because of shrinking common grazing lands, restricted access to forests and water shortage

January 13, 2020

Land rights on pastures empower deprived communities

Giving land rights to landless and nomadic people in Maharashtra on degraded pastures have provided these marginalized communities with a reasonable livelihood

January 10, 2020

Artisans sustain art of Dashavatar cards in new avatar

January 1, 2020

Coastal farmers harvest riches with hardy vetiver

Farmers in India’s east coast, which is vulnerable to cyclones and floods, have found commercial success by growing vetiver, a perennial grass also known as khus that has a variety of uses