Prespectives

November 14, 2018
Training local women to become agripreneurs pay rich dividends to smallholder farmers (Photo by C. Zanzanaini)

Agripreneurs can revive smallholder agriculture

Encouraging community service providers to function as agripreneurs is an effective and proven way to improve the lives of smallholder farmers by increasing agricultural productivity

October 31, 2018
Rural crime is on the rise (Photo by Pixabay)

Rural crime and policing in India’s villages

Even as crime in rural India increases, particularly against marginalized communities, minorities and women, more effective policing is required to strengthen deterrence and enforce rule of law

October 26, 2018

Can agriculture be profitable and sustainable?

While commercialization of agriculture has led to an increase in profits in South Asia – a region marred by poverty and child malnutrition – short-term benefits may hide long-term risks

October 24, 2018

#MeToo movement yet to reach rural India

Although women routinely suffer sexual harassment at work in villages, the stranglehold of patriarchy and the scepter of social shaming hold them back from voicing their outrage and seeking redress

October 17, 2018

Revive traditional wisdom for healthy life in villages

India has a rich heritage of local health traditions and reviving these diverse ethno-medical practices could ensure long and healthy lives for people in the countryside without spending huge amounts of money

October 3, 2018

Gram swaraj in a globalizing world

Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of economically self-sufficient villages is at a distinct variance with the ideas and policies of liberalization, trade and globalization. Is it possible to strike a middle path?

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 5, 2018

India’s traditional wisdom in coping with extreme weather

In large parts of the subcontinent where floods or droughts are annual or recurring events, people in rural areas have evolved location-specific strategies to deal with the disasters and unusual weather

August 22, 2018

Of kamranga and kachnar: vanishing flavors and shrinking food basket

Innumerable varieties of native fruits and leafy vegetables found in different parts of India are becoming rare on dinner tables. We should make efforts to revive them for a more varied and nutritious food basket

August 15, 2018

Land ownership for women needs more attention

The dismal status of women’s property rights in India continues to be a nagging socio-development challenge despite a slew of progressive laws, which need political commitment and institutionalized support