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May 22, 2017
Farmers preparing a small field to grow vegetables in Jharkhand. (Photo by Bikalp Chamola)

Small pumps hold promise for smallholder farmers in Jharkhand

Many small and marginal farmers in Lohardaga and Gumla are using tiny pumps to irrigate vegetable fields, an entrepreneurial model that has potential to increase incomes for smallholders since groundwater is abundant in the state

May 10, 2017
Smallholder farmers in Rayagada in Odisha are using small solar pumps to irrigate vegetable plots. (Photo by Bikalp Chamola)

Solar pumps bring relief to smallholder farmers in Rayagada

Using small solar-powered pumps to irrigate vegetable gardens could transform lives of tribal farmers in Rayagada district of Odisha by boosting farm incomes and stopping seasonal migration to faraway places

May 3, 2017
The rice fields of South Kamrup in Assam. (Photo by Bikalp Chamola)

Small water pumps script success story in Assam

A survey conducted in South Kamrup in Assam shows that use of small water pumps for irrigation in an area where groundwater is abundant has resulted in significant increases in earnings for smallholder and marginal farmers

March 8, 2017
A patriarchal society in India ensures that married women are responsible for contraceptive use. (Photo by Pippa Ranger/Department for International Development)

Women continue to bear the burden of contraception

A trend analysis of the latest National Family Health Survey shows that women are compelled to be responsible for keeping family sizes small even as contraceptive prevalence rate declines in many states in India

February 22, 2017
Women need secluded bathing spaces in villages. (Photo by Prem Kumar Marni)

Women forced to bathe in the open in Odisha villages

A village-level analysis of availability of bathrooms in Odisha shows that not enough attention is paid to the clear and urgent need for secluded bathing spaces for women in rural areas

February 8, 2017
Most rural women still bathe in the open but fetch water to their homes so that their daughters can bathe comfortably. (Photo by Daniel Bachhuber)

Opportunity cost of personal hygiene too high for rural women

Women in India’s villages still have to pay a high cost in terms of mental and physical pain and financial loss because they are often compelled to neglect personal hygiene by bathing hurriedly in the open

October 14, 2016
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Is rural India headed for a demographic disaster?

An army of sickly and poorly educated children growing up in villages will continue to drag down the country as adults unless the nation’s nutrition and education delivery systems are made more efficient