Livelihoods

March 27, 2019
The government’s income support to small farmers may not be sustainable in the long run (Photo by Jeevan Singla)

Is farmer income support a sustainable solution?

Income support to smallholder farmers is similar to palliative measures like minimum support prices or loan waivers that do not address the problem of an unsustainable population living on a fixed resource base

March 25, 2019
Farmers in Bhuturgaon face difficulties in utilizing surface water and increasing farm income due to lack of irrigation facilities (Photo by VAF)

Irrigation key to fighting poverty in Kandhamal

Groundwater recharge in Kandhamal’s undulating terrain and pumps to lift water are needed to break the nexus between lack of irrigation and poverty in this seriously underdeveloped area of Odisha

March 20, 2019
Women such as Mallika gave up farm labor work to turn entrepreneurs to revive traditional knowledge and regular use of herbs (Photo by Balasubramaniam N.)

Tamil women bank on herbs to boost income

Women in rural Villupuram have quit working as farm labor and have become herbal entrepreneurs to conserve traditional knowledge, revive use of healthy herbs and boost household incomes

March 8, 2019
The elderly in villages, like Sakharam Dhendle and Pandurang Dhendle in Ghasir, have severe mobility restrictions and spend substantial amounts on medicine (Photo by Abhijeet Jadhav)

Healthcare of elderly suffers with youth migration

With little livelihood opportunities in villages, the youth in rural Maharashtra migrate to cities, leading to delayed healthcare of elderly dependents and increased medical expenses

March 6, 2019
Practiced for personal use, Kashidakari embroidery of Rajasthan has evolved as an important element in contemporary fashion and furnishings (Photo by Tripta Sharma)

Kashidakari women look to grow embroidery earnings

Women in Jodhasar, who have begun embroidering for a living by putting traditional skills they used for embellishing personal clothing to good use, need better market linkages to boost incomes

March 4, 2019
Villagers in Murshidabad prefer girls as they can start rolling beedis at a very young age, adding to the family income (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Beedi rolling robs Murshidabad girls of their childhood

Young girls in rural Murshidabad are pushed by their parents to roll beedis, the poor man’s cigarette, at the cost of their schooling because being able to earn improves their marriage prospects

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