Livelihoods

May 31, 2019
Landslides that resulted after the August 2018 deluge have left steep inclines near coffee grower Shanteyenda’s house, making restoration difficult (Photo by Amoolya Rajappa)

Kodagu coffee growers struggle after deluge

Coffee planters in Kodagu are still suffering from the effects of incessant rainfall and landslides of August 2018 that resulted in loss of topsoil, crops and yield. Growers are now seeking better reservoir management

May 27, 2019
Broad bed and furrow system of land shaping has helped farmers like Sudhir Datta overcome the effects of extreme weather events and increase farm income (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Andaman farmers reshape land for better farming

Land shaping has helped farmers in the Andaman Islands increase farm incomes despite limited availability of land, increasing soil salinity and inundations caused by cyclones and tides

May 22, 2019
Understanding the need for conservation of biodiversity, villagers of Mandasaru have strengthened forest protection measures (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Biodiversity takes center stage in Odisha’s silent valley

Forest communities of Mandasaru hills are taking steps to conserve biodiversity in Odisha’s silent valley, even as the world celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May

May 20, 2019
Women farmers who grow flowers harvest them for three months, increasing their household income (Photo by Manish Kumar Shukla)

Flowers bring women sweet scent of success

Struggling to make a living from subsistence farming, women farmers in southern Rajasthan have succeeded in breaking the cycle of poverty and doubling household incomes by cultivating marigold and roses

May 17, 2019
Seed pens, while helping reduce plastic waste, provide the physically challenged with a home-based livelihood (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Physically challenged script success with seed pens

Biodegradable pens filled with seeds provide a viable livelihood to Kerala’s physically challenged people. While offering an ecofriendly alternative to plastic pens, these seed pens sprout plants after use

May 15, 2019
Women farmers of Gandichuan, who are members of a self-help group, enjoy food and nutritional security, enabled by interventions through their collective (Photo by Shashank Deora)

Women’s collectives need to think beyond livelihoods

Agricultural interventions by women have ensured nutritional security in many parts of rural Odisha. Building further capacity will now help them see themselves as change agents who can tackle societal issues

May 6, 2019
Merino sheep breeding helps maintaining a healthy stock and boosts wool and meat production (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Sheepherders conserve quality Kashmir Merino stock

Good management practices have helped sheep farmers to ensure a quality lineage of Kashmir Merino, a hybrid of the government’s crossbreeding program. It has boosted local production of wool and meat

May 3, 2019
A brass smith beats into shape a traditional brass pot that is no longer in demand (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Bengal’s brass workers labor to sustain tradition

The brass smiths of Birbhum are eking out a living making pots, but are competing against cheaper alternatives. They persist, hoping that government support and product diversification will sustain them

May 1, 2019
Revival of handloom has provided traditional weavers like Jaishree Habubhai of Adhoi village better livelihood (Photo by Ashish Kothari)

Traditional handloom weaves a comeback in Kachchh

The remarkable revival of traditional Kachchhi handloom by the vankar community could serve as a shining example of how India could tackle its severe livelihood, ecological and cultural crises

April 29, 2019
Kurubur Shantakumar, flanked by his farmer friends in a field of chia, the crop that has brought them good financial benefits (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Chia seeds earn bumper incomes for Mysuru farmers

Switching from traditional crops, farmers of Mysuru district in Karnataka have boosted agricultural income by cultivating chia seeds, which are becoming popular in India because of their nutritional value