Livelihoods

October 15, 2018

Skill training empowers girls, raises hope for gender parity

Skill development trainings are not only helping rural communities fight poverty in Assam but are also empowering girls to aspire big, overcoming challenges posed by social stigma and deep-rooted gender disparity

October 12, 2018

Solar pumps brighten lives of Kutch’s salt farmers

Agariyas, the traditional saltpan workers in the Little Rann of Kutch, have switched from diesel to ecofriendly solar-powered pumps to lift brine that have boosted their earnings from saved costs

October 10, 2018

Chhattisgarh makes headway on tribal rights

Chhattisgarh has taken encouraging steps to recognize and implement rights of forest communities but more effort is required needed at the village level to boost livelihood opportunities for indigenous people

October 8, 2018

Doll makers of Bengal face bleak prospects

The wooden doll makers of Natungram in Burdwan district have traditionally done good business during Durga Puja, but this festive season has brought little cheer to them due to reduced orders

October 5, 2018
Vivek Ghumade plans to increase his turmeric acreage, as the GI tag of Waigaon turmeric is expected to increase demand (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

GI tag boosts demand for Waigaon’s turmeric

Farmers of Waigaon in Maharashtra have received a GI tag for organically grown turmeric that is rich in curcumin, known for its multiple health benefits. The cultivators hope to cash in on the increase in demand

September 26, 2018
Villagers of Yelavali display some of the forest produce, as part of conservation tourism (Photo by Subhash Dolas)

Bhimshankar village makes the most of nature’s trail

Residents of Yelavali village inside Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra have made a collective decision to promote responsible ecotourism that is providing them with a sustainable livelihood

September 24, 2018
Women of Diezephe craft village make traditional and contemporary clothes on the traditional loin looms (Photo by Ninglun Hanghal)

Naga villagers revive traditional crafts and weaves

Villagers of Diezephe near Dimapur have revived their traditional crafts and weaves by adapting to market demands and by using modern tools, and have found themselves an ecofriendly livelihood

September 19, 2018
Boys playing tag in a village school (Photo by Jasper Veen)

Rural youth: old prejudices or real disadvantages?

Despite long-held notions that young people in villages lack better life opportunities, the current situation of youth in urban areas and their proximate countryside is not too different in many parts of India

September 17, 2018
With ginger and cardamom failing them, West Bengal farmers like Sonbir Rai have started growing coffee in a part of their lands (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Upland farmers shift to coffee for better prospects

Suffering losses from traditional crops of ginger and cardamom, farmers in the mountainous areas of Kalimpong and Darjeeling in West Bengal have started growing organic coffee for better returns

September 12, 2018

Tripura’s fish farmers net benefits of captive fisheries

Fish farmers in the Sepahijala district of Tripura have formed collectives to successfully rear fish seeds and table fish. This collective livelihood initiative has increased their incomes by reducing risks and costs