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

December 7, 2018
Kamal Saikia, who practises organic farming, says he finds the tips offered by Dakor Boson quite useful (Photo by Azera Parveen Rahman)

Traditional agricultural wisdom still relevant in Assam

Scientists are now validating the wisdom behind Dakor Boson, a bunch of rhyming verses that has offered tips to farmers in Assam and its neighbouring areas for centuries

December 3, 2018
Fishermen getting ready to fish hilsa using their country boats, even as the declining fish population affects their livelihood (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Hilsa fishers driven to the edge by overfishing

The hilsa fishermen of Howrah district in West Bengal are struggling against declining catch, stiff competition from mechanized trawlers and non-traditional fishermen entering the lucrative occupation

November 30, 2018
Organically grown traditional paddy and embankment crop turmeric help Muthukrishnan and Prem Anand sustain agriculture in saline land (Photo by Kevin Samuel)

Coastal farmers tackle salinity with innovative measures

Farmers in coastal Tamil Nadu are countering salinity caused by droughts and groundwater depletion through rainwater harvesting and by reviving traditional organic farming practices

November 28, 2018
Groundwater recharge has improved availability of potable water in villages in the Marathwada region (Photo by Shashank Deora)

Marathwada farmers harvest water in streams, reap rich yields

Farmers in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra that is prone to droughts have made agriculture remunerative by harvesting rainwater in pond-like pockets in streams, leading to groundwater recharge