Prespectives

December 6, 2017
New farmer organizations need careful handholding. (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

Better nurture needed for new producers’ organizations

Development professionals managing newly formed farmer producers’ organizations, while high on technical and social skills, have to be more market and management savvy to strengthen these nascent entities

November 22, 2017
A few dairy producer companies have grown to respectable size in India. (Photo by Premshree Pillai)

Antenatal care of producer enterprises missing in India

If producer companies that aim to benefit poor farmers are to succeed in India, critical factors such as a sense of ownership, correct assessment of economic environment and social capital need to be better thought out

November 8, 2017
Goat herds in Rajasthan. (Photo by AusAID)

Broadening domains for micro-enterprises in rural India

The promotion of micro-enterprises in villages to meet the large demand for livelihoods would benefit from out-of-the-box ideas that move beyond hackneyed activities like making papads and pickles

November 1, 2017
Women in India’s villages have come a long way. (Photo by Pixabay)

Rural women’s collectives are all about empowerment

Self-help groups in villages bring financial and social empowerment to women, changing entrenched perceptions on their competence in managing their affairs

October 25, 2017
What happens after cattle die? (Photo by J King)

Flayers and leather workers are victims of thick-skinned polity

Leather workers and people who deal with cattle carcasses remain an oppressed minority in villages across India, languishing at the bottom rung of rural society and ignored by governments at all levels

October 11, 2017
The slowdown in the farm sector is likely to be temporary. (Photo by Jeevan Singla)

Hiccups of clean growth or wages of stupid policy?

Should we opt for an economy that thrives on facelessness and tax evasion just because it supports livelihoods of a class of the poor, or should we opt for a more formal and compliant economy, knowing that there will be hiccups?

September 27, 2017
Can India’s villages be home to increased industrial activity? (Photo by Pixabay)

How can we kick-start Make in Rural India?

A significant portion of the government’s flagship Make in India initiative can be realized in the country’s rural areas through enterprises that have potential to benefit and provide employment to a large number of people

September 13, 2017
Parliamentarians adopting villages in their constituencies for holistic development is yet to show significant results. (Photo by Rajeev)

Sagging spirit of Prime Minister’s model village scheme

Has the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, aimed at all-round development of three villages chosen by each Member of Parliament, made any significant impact on the ground?

September 6, 2017
Riverbank erosion on the Beki River continually threatens habitations in Barpeta district of Assam. (Photo by Sayanangshu Modak)

Riverbank erosion no less a disaster than Assam floods

A widespread hazard like riverbank erosion, which continuously affects the poorest and the most vulnerable in the Brahmaputra River Basin in Assam, is not classified as a disaster and does not receive the swift emergency response as floods

September 4, 2017
People find it convenient to buy vegetables at the weekly farmers’ markets in Pune. (Photo by Ajit Kanitkar)

Do farmers’ markets in cities really benefit farmers?

The recent proliferation of weekly farmers’ markets in urban areas is quite useful for consumers but their benefits to farmers are limited at best and cannot replace the practice of selling at wholesale yards