Livelihoods

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

January 23, 2019
Reliable data at the farm level would help stakeholders across farm supply chain and increase the value share of farmers (Photo by Pixabay)

Can data-driven social enterprises boost farmer incomes?

A collaboration between technological and value chain enterprises working directly with farmers could help make the farm to fork value chain more organized and efficient, thus increasing returns to cultivators

January 21, 2019
Monkeys transmit KFD virus when they descend on cashew farms. Cashew farmer Vasu Appa Gawas took six months to recuperate from monkey fever (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Monkeys damage cashew plantations, cause fever outbreak

Fear of monkeys has gripped cashew farmers and migrant workers in Goa, as the simians have turned cashew plantations into a feeding ground, destroying the crop and transmitting a virus through ticks

January 16, 2019
Ending India’s farm crisis needs a complete change in mindset (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

The unending saga of farm distress in India

Farmers in India will continue to suffer unless there is a fundamental change in the pro-urban policy bias of propping up unsustainably low food prices

January 14, 2019
Without any effective investment in dust control mechanisms, lethal dust spreads freely around laborers in Pindwara’s stone-carving factories, where work is performed for temples (Photo by Yuvraj Dhir)

Temple carvers unite against scourge of silicosis

Three out of every 10 stone-carving workers in Rajasthan, who build temples, are facing death due to silicosis. They are now unionizing to demand freedom from disease and for dignity in god’s work