Water & Sanitation

November 16, 2016
Fishermen decide to fish or not based on ocean statistics and weather forecast through the mobile app. (Photo by Jency Samuel)

Tamil Nadu fishermen leverage smartphone technology to boost fish yields

For fishing communities in coastal Tamil Nadu, the uncertainties of finding richer fishing areas in sea has been significantly reduced through a phone app called Fisher Friendly Mobile Application that also provides safety alerts

November 14, 2016
A newly constructed toilet in Rohtas district of Bihar.

Women are leading the sanitation campaign in Bihar villages

Although Bihar has been a laggard in implementing the Swachh Bharat program, there is heartening progress in places such as Rohtas, Sitamarhi and Khagaria, where women are driving the change for health and sanitation

November 9, 2016
The Idukki cardamom has high demand in the international market. (Photo by Saravanakumar)

Cardamom hills of Kerala face daunting drought

After the failure of both the South West and North East monsoons, cardamom farmers of Idukki in Kerala are staring at massive losses

October 31, 2016

Community initiative recharges water table in Kumbharwalan village

Collective action through a pani panchayat (water council) has enabled a remote village in Pune district of Maharashtra to provide for adequate irrigation in this rain shadow area prone to droughts

October 24, 2016

Gorang Valley battles water woes as perennial springs retreat

Drying streams in this region of Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand have made life difficult for women as they wait for efforts at watershed management to bear fruit in a couple of years

October 21, 2016

Can this crisis in the heart of India be allowed to continue?

The economic exploitation and developmental neglect of the core tribal areas of India’s eastern plateau and hills across Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have to be tackled through practical solutions unhindered by ideological blinkers

October 17, 2016

Solapur’s example holds key to chronically water-stressed Marathwada

The patchy soil and water conservation efforts of the Maharashtra government seem to have learnt nothing from the exemplary measures undertaken in Solapur district

October 10, 2016

Kuthambakkam charts a course to prosperity through community action

Kuthambakkam village in Tamil Nadu has overcome caste hostility and poverty to emerge as a national model of participatory governance that has boosted the village economy