Having dumped the cultivation of conventional millet, with the onset of the Green Revolution, the people of Madhya Pradesh are now realizing how suitable it was for the terrain and climate as well as the nutritional benefits it offered…the effort now is to reinvest energy in making millet cultivation easier and less of a drudgery that it was
Conceptualizing and grounding a development model appropriate to the diverse needs and priorities of different sections of the community, and, at the same time conserving the eco-system of the local livelihoods is a challenge of a very high order.
“Shifting from individualfocused sectoral thinking to livelihood-basket thinking” proves very successful in Lamtaput block, Koraput district, resulting in enhanced farmers’ income, establishing women’s identities as farmers and integrating ecological aspects so as to generate sustainable livelihoods
Finding a new use for discarded plastic bottles, now a ubiquitous and deathly hazard to the environment, a little revolution is underway in a tiny block in Khunti district, where tribal farmers are using it to water their crops in an innovative way through machan cultivation, opening up possibilities of greening land that lies arid most of the year.
Promoting a community-based model of agricultural advisory services through Community Service Providers has helped PRADAN improve the lives of smallholder families through increased agricultural productivity
Emphasising the distinction between the being and the doing capabilities of a person and a community, the article stresses how corporate support in nurturing civil society, through collectives, will lead to holistic development of the poor, knowing they have the potential to bring about change in themselves and the world around them
Large tracts of up-land areas left fallow due to free cattle grazing challanged when the community inittaited laws to restore these lands through pigeon pea cultivation ad make laws to restrict and penalize open grazing
Focussing on small livestock rearing and adopting modern methods under the guidance of trained Community Animal Health Workers has brought about a sea change in the lives of the villagers, who were hitherto buffeted by the vagaries of the weather and annual disease outbreaks
Evolving a unique, farmer-focused research methodology, drawn from several complementary approaches, this research project brings about positive changes in the lives of women in this remote area, encouraging them to view themselves not as secondary drivers of agricultural output but as principal farmers, researchers, teachers and active agents of social change.