Shifting cultivation under threat

A study by SPWD on ‘Environmental, social and health implications of shifting cultivation’ points to the risk faced by the rich agro-biodiverse systems of the shifting cultivation lands in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The study looked at shifting cultivation practices by two Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in two districts and confirms the distinctiveness of shifting… Read More Shifting cultivation under threat

Some basic employment, but a long way to go

As per a recent paper in Development Policy Review, 2017, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), in order to enhance food security and well-being through employment in India, needs to explore longer-term solutions for employment security. An investment of around 5.3 billion dollars which amounts to 0.3 percent of the country’s gross… Read More Some basic employment, but a long way to go

ज्ञानार्जन से जीविकोपार्जन

ज्ञान का मार्ग सदा ही सफलता की कुंजी है | इस पथ पर चलने वाले को भले ही कभी ठोकर खानी पड़े, परन्तु कभी हार का सामना नहीं करना पड़ता | इसको ही मूल मंत्र बनाकर महज 25 साल के बिरेन्द्र महतो ने अपना मार्ग खेती की ओर प्रशस्त किया है | स्थानीय संस्थान से… Read More ज्ञानार्जन से जीविकोपार्जन

Strategies for managing droughts: Background note for a Seminar

Immediate context: Year 2015-16 drought Per official data[i] (Central Government’s submission before Supreme Court) till April 19, 2016 a quarter of India’s population (33 crores people in 2,55,923 villages, 254 districts, 10 states) was drought[ii] hit. The Supreme Court Bench was hearing a petition filed by Swaraj Abhiyan, which stated that not enough attention is… Read More Strategies for managing droughts: Background note for a Seminar

Making smallholder farming sustainably viable: Workshop report

A workshop on ‘Making smallholder farming sustainably viable’ was jointly held by Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD) and National Bank for Research and Development (NABARD) from 24th – 25th February, 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The workshop dedicated to the memory of Late Lovraj Kumar, Former Chairman of SPWD, brought together… Read More Making smallholder farming sustainably viable: Workshop report

Making smallholder farming sustainably viable – A background note

In India a large proportion of farm land is with small holders.  The small holders eke out their livelihood by cultivating their small holdings, rearing livestock utilizing common lands and common water resources, in conjunction with income from tree produce and from wage labour. Even though productivity of small holdings is more in comparison to… Read More Making smallholder farming sustainably viable – A background note