Livelihoods

January 4, 2019
Women artisans like Tina Chhatoi do most of the stitching involved in applique work in Pipli, a hub for traditional and modern applique handicraft (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Pipli craftsmen adapt to modern needs for better prospects

Despite falling demand, applique craftsmen and traders of Pipli in Odisha are trying to ensure that their handicraft evolves to satisfy changing aesthetic needs, with hopes for a better future

December 31, 2018
Growing fruits and vegetables is a challenge in Ladakh as the farming season is restricted to just four months. (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Winter farming technologies boost incomes in cold desert

With the farming season limited to just four months in Ladakh, villagers have turned to innovative, low-cost technologies to grow vegetables in winter that improves diets and boosts incomes, but smallholder farmers need post-harvest support

December 28, 2018

Bhimashankar villagers multiply indigenous seeds

A school in Pune has got a rural community together to cultivate indigenous rice, millets and pulses, and helps them market the native varieties in order to conserve and propagate them

December 26, 2018
The importance of apple cultivation is decreasing in the mountain villages of Uttarakhand (Photo by Sandeep Chetan)

Mountain farmers adapt to life beyond apples

As impacts of climate change and unwise human interventions push traditional farmers in Uttarakhand to the wall, they are adapting by embracing new crops and livelihoods

December 24, 2018
Gnanasekaran finds mesquite pod powder a good cost effective cattle feed that also helps increase milk yield (Photo courtesy Gnanasekaran)

Tamil farmers innovate to overcome fodder shortage

Faced with a shortage of cattle feed, farmers in several districts of Tamil Nadu have adopted offbeat solutions that not only bring feeding costs down but also increase the yields of milk

December 21, 2018
The weaving unit of Langei project in Nongpok Sanjenbam village not only provides employment to the women but also sustains traditional weaving (Photo by Ninglun Hanghal)

Manipur villagers initiate successful economic development

Residents of Nongpok Sanjenbam, an underdeveloped Manipuri village, have come together to bring about economic and social transformation, enjoying the benefits in the process

December 19, 2018
Sohabati Devi looks at her BINA rice crop that recovered from a devastating flood and is ready for harvest (Photo by IRRI India)

Stress-tolerant rice aids Uttar Pradesh farmers

With her crop surviving nearly two weeks of submergence and recovering from an intense flood, Sohabati Devi of Maharajganj has every reason to smile and be proud of her decision to plant a stress-tolerant rice variety

December 17, 2018
Educated youth such as Srinivasan and Sudeesh have taken up hi-tech farming, cultivating crops under controlled conditions using Israeli technology (Photo by George Rajashekaran)

Educated Tamil youth boost growth with hi-tech farming

Returning to their roots, educated youth in Tamil Nadu have boosted agricultural production manifold by modernizing their ancestral land, and by using Israeli farming technology

December 14, 2018
A poshan sakhi explains the importance of women, especially expectant and lactating mothers, eating nutritious food (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Poshan sakhis transform reproductive health in Odisha

Women trained as poshan sakhis, or nutrition friends, advice and help rural women, particularly expectant and lactating mothers, to eat nutritious food and overcome anemia and underweight deliveries

December 10, 2018
A tribal woman in Dantewada district, dependent on forest produce and rain-fed agriculture, has enhanced her income by raising honeybees (Photo by Pragati Prayas Samajik Sewa Sanstha)

Chhattisgarh tribes taste success raising honeybees

Living a marginalized life in the mining region of Dantewada, local tribes dependent on forest produce, rain-fed agriculture and wild honey have successfully taken to modern apiculture