Livelihoods

August 22, 2018

Of kamranga and kachnar: vanishing flavors and shrinking food basket

Innumerable varieties of native fruits and leafy vegetables found in different parts of India are becoming rare on dinner tables. We should make efforts to revive them for a more varied and nutritious food basket

August 20, 2018
Reviving the traditional metal craft Dokra offers a lucrative livelihood to the metal smiths of Bikna (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

West Bengal brings Dokra metal craft back from brink

Revived with the support of the state government and social enterprises, the traditional metal craft Dokra has found its place in art maps, giving artisans in the remote village of Bikna much-needed financial stability

August 13, 2018

Rice bankers of Muzaffarpur hold out hope for women’s empowerment

At a time when sexual abuse of women in a Muzaffarpur shelter for the homeless has roiled the nation’s conscience, women farmers in the district shine a beacon for empowerment by growing and selling rice saplings

August 6, 2018

Houseboat tourism floats rural economy in Alappuzha

People living in the water-bound villages of Alappuzha district in Kerala have seen more lucrative livelihood options due to the influx of tourists visiting the now famous backwaters throughout the year

August 3, 2018

Let’s align rural aspirations with rest of India

There is an immediate need to design and implement grassroots interventions in a way that ensures next-generation rural youth in India are able to have the same opportunities as the urban privileged

August 1, 2018

Women farmers deploy ducks to supercharge rice cultivation

Women farmers in Dinajpur are reviving traditional organic farming and using backyard concoctions to tackle farm pests. They are also using innovative methods such as integrating duck rearing with rice cultivation

July 27, 2018

Kapdaganda shawls of Dongria Kondhs in need of revival

Efforts are required to preserve kapdaganda shawls that embody the rich heritage of Dongria Kondh tribes of Niyamgiri. The weaving of kapdaganda could also provide a livelihood for the disadvantaged community

July 23, 2018
Anita Rai, a resident of Talkharka village, says the new stoves are more efficient (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Improved stoves boon for women in rural Sikkim

Smokeless cook stoves in Talkharka village near India-Bhutan border have improved the lives of village women by tackling noxious indoor air pollution, reducing firewood consumption and providing livelihoods

July 20, 2018
Umblachery, a native cattle breed reared by organic farmer Sethuraman, is ideal as a draught animal for the marshy rice fields of the Cauvery delta (Photo by Jency Samuel)

Native cattle breeds gain ground in Tamil Nadu

As global warming becomes increasingly evident across peninsular India, the conservation of indigenous cattle breeds that are hardy and better suited to withstand high temperatures has been gaining ground

July 18, 2018
Workers of the closed Nirpania tea garden are earning a pittance from their hard labor (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Workers of closed tea gardens struggle to make a living

Tribal people in and around the shuttered tea gardens of north Bengal are living on the edge of destitution and are being forced to a life of hard labor and exploitation by local contractors to stave off starvation