Livelihoods

March 1, 2019
Homemade the traditional way makes the snacks and food items of Kalpathi popular (Photo by Chithra Ajith)

Palakkad’s priestly community encash culinary tradition

Priests from Tamil Nadu, who migrated to Kerala for temple duties centuries ago, have put their culinary skills to good use, augmenting household incomes and the local economy

February 25, 2019
Women farmers of Aamlipara village of Banswara district in Rajasthan showcase dried seeds of traditional vegetables (Photo by Rakhee Roytalukdar)

Seed guardians of Banswara revive traditional varieties

Village women in Banswara district of Rajasthan are setting an example as organic farmers by adopting and spreading awareness to revive indigenous varieties of crops that boost nutritional security

February 22, 2019
Local tribal governance structures, in which every individual has the right, capacity, and opportunity to take part, must be kept alive (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

How development excludes India’s tribal people

Failing to understand the tribal world view and imposing the dominant development paradigm on adivasi communities is affecting their identity and well-being

February 20, 2019
Shivamma, secretary of Stree Shakti women self-help group in Somlara village of Tumkur district who runs a milk collection sub-center, says collection has declined in the past one month due to drought (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Karnataka dairy farmers face heat of drought

Dairy farmers in Karnataka have been seriously impacted by the severe drought in most parts of the state as milk yields have fallen and fodder has become more expensive

February 15, 2019
Lakshman Helavar, a traditional chronicler of family histories, with his carefully preserved genealogical records (Photo by Amoolya Rajappa)

Singing genealogists of Karnataka sustain ancestral profession

The Helavas of Karnataka, who sing family genealogies from carefully maintained records, have practiced the tradition for centuries, and continue to do so despite fading relevance

February 4, 2019
Apple growers suffering financial losses due to untimely snowfall in 2018, had suffered damages during the 2014 flooding as well (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Heavy snow hurts Kashmir’s apple farmers

Extreme weather events such as untimely snowfall and heavy floods have harmed the apple crop in Kashmir; one way to reduce losses is to properly implement a crop insurance scheme

February 1, 2019
One of the many tasks of ASHA worker Chandrakala Gangurde is to monitor young mothers at the primary health centers (Photo by PARI)

Village health workers toil tirelessly despite low wages

Village health workers have emerged as the mainstay of the primary healthcare system in rural Maharashtra. Yet, they are paid tiny amounts, get no benefits and struggle with supply shortages

January 30, 2019
With access to forests restricted and traditional livelihoods unable to sustain them, the Juangs in Khontomara village lag in development (Photo by Jayapadma RV)

Participation key to empowering Juang tribes

Treating Juang tribes of Odisha as participants in the development process rather than as recipients of development largesse will help bringing them into the national mainstream

January 28, 2019
A food forest in the development phase, where farmer Thangavelu has been able to harvest a better yield from ground crops (Photo by Balasubramaniam N.)

Food forests offer better profits to farmers

Mimicking forests, progressive farmers across India have started transforming farms into a layered cropping system that is climate resilient and more productive

January 25, 2019
Many Bodo women like Sama Brahma are keeping the traditional skill of handloom weaving alive (Photo by Anne Pinto-Rodrigues)

Weaving a future, meter by meter

In the villages of Bodoland in Assam, where every Bodo home has a loom, Sama Brahma earns a modest income from weaving, and is trying to pass on this waning traditional skill to her daughters