Sri Lanka, which lies just south of India, has about 80% of its area covered by a dry zone prone to water scarcity. This meant that people would only be able to work on their land during the wet season. However, around 300 BC, King Pandukabhaya was the first of many ancient kings to start…
The land transformation journey of Forest First Samithi by conserving biodiversity, planting 100 endemic tree species of Western Ghats, restoring its ecology, harvesting rainwater and converting a degraded land invaded by Lantana. Read More
Madan Poudel, a youth agriculture activist and student from Nepal, is feeling the heat of climate change in his village. This is his personal story on how climate change is affecting his community, and how farmers are trying to adapt to an increasingly variable climate. Read More
The story of a village in Gondpipri taluka of the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra whose claim to Community Forest Rights (CFR) was recognised and title given in the year 2012. The forest is used for harvesting bamboo, as grazing land for livestock and for extracting wood for fuel and farming purposes. Read More
Water for the Kaveri and bees for pollinating coffee plantations, the ecosystem services of 1,214 sacred groves of Kodagu is immense. Even though Kodagu groves are protected forests under the Indian Forest Act, they also face pressures similar to the other forest patches in other parts of the country. Read more
This study booklet aims to provide an overview of producers’ collectives in India, which broadly falls under the cooperative movement. It will also highlight some case studies of successful collective organizations, with a variety of organizational styles and under different laws, mainly to get a taste of the diversity of rural collectives in India.
This article from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change tells the story of how Indian NGO Swayam Shikshan Prayog has created a network of 1,100 women entrepreneurs across India who are promoting clean energy through a complete “ecosystem” approach. Most rural households in India rely on polluting energy sources like firewood and kerosene for their…
In this case study, Harini Nagendra of Azim Premji University explores how citizens came together to change Kaikondrahalli Lake from a dry wasteland to an important locus of social activity for residents and a local biodiversity hotspot.