Livelihood

June 4, 2021

Understanding Rural Society in Pandemic Times through Virtual Field Visits

Collaborating with PRADAN and organizing virtual field visits is a creative way to bridge the gap, in current times for students, between theory and practice; this may well-nigh be a complementary methodology that can be continued even after the crisis brought about by the pandemic has abated
March 23, 2021

Towards an Effective Language of Facilitation

Imposing developmental solutions in a language foreign to the villagers is a pitfall that Development Practitioners must avoid. True transformation happens when practitioners communicate their knowledge and wisdom in the local language and with deep understanding of the traditional culture and practices of the tribals they are engaged with
February 24, 2021

Accelerating Change through Government-CSO Collaboration: Field Experiences from Bastar

Combining the resources of the government, the expertise of the CSO and implementation by the community is the way forward, with each contributing its strength and providing what the others cannot while recognising the value of interdependence
October 30, 2020

Restoring Fertility through the Ridge-to-Valley Approach

Working on finding scientific ways to increase the availability of water in villages through most of the year led to collaboration between various stakeholders, including the community, the forest department, the MGNREGA cell and PRADAN. The secret lay in inclusion, building trust and collaboration while working for a common goal.
September 27, 2020

Backyard Poultry Promotion: Learning from Failure

Having the knowledge and the tools to carry out an intervention is not enough for a development professional; understanding the perspective and challenges at the grass roots, motivating women farmers and demonstrating the advantages is vital for the implementation and sustainability of backyard poultry farming
August 31, 2020

Lockdown! Experiences from Odisha

#Jeetenge Hum! PRADAN professionals approached the challenges that the pandemic brought with it by ensuring food for those who had none, motivating villagers to access government schemes, finding innovative solutions for all, including the landless, is a testimony to the buoyancy of the human spirit
August 27, 2020

The Changing Farmlands of Darbha

Adopting simple and affordable technologies is revolutionizing smallholder farming from mono-cropping to cultivating commercial crops in this poor tribal block in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh
July 31, 2020

Checking Migration, Providing Sustainable Livelihood – MGNREGA goes beyond Employment

Decentralised participatory planning through MGNREGA to create durable livelihood assets like farm ponds, orchards, etc, has helped the farmers to increase their livelihood baskets and stopped distressed migration
July 31, 2020

Agriculture Interventions with the Tribals in Bastar: Priorities in the Wake of the Pandemic

Turning a global crisis into an opportunity to attract and retain the youth of the villages, who had been migrating to cities in search of work so far, the PRADAN team in Bastar district is motivating villagers to look at different options such as growing vegetables in their homesteads and animal husbandry as well as creating forward market linkages as viable options to sustain themselves
July 30, 2020

Swadesh in Bastar: How Lift Irrigation Changed Lives in Kelaur Village

Recognizing the importance of having a perennial source of water when planning any agricultural activity and change, the SHG women of Kelaur, supported by PRADAN and government departments, installed solar energy-powered water pumps, leading them to cultivating vegetables and fruit in their homesteads, which brought about a sea change in their economic status and self-sufficiency