Diversity is the one word that characterises the rainfed agricultural areas of India, spread over 77 million hectares of the country. Diversity of the cultures and cuisines of the indigenous communities that live there. Diversity of flora and fauna. Diversity of crops and cropping patterns. And diversity in topography, rainfall patterns and soils. … Continue readingIntroducing Rain Fed Agricultural Systems
By Nayantara Lakshman
The ownership of water preservation and conservation is not only for indigenous and rural communities, but also for all of us who live in larger towns and cities. It is in fact us who consume more than needed, simply because we seldom witness the element of scarcity as our taps always provide more than enough water.
The future of indigenous knowing depends on the children of the indigenous communities. But, in my view the present drive to send all children to school will ensure the death of all traditional skills; craft, farming, healing, folk arts and other specific knowledge systems that artisanal and village communities hold within. … Continue readingThe Future Of Indigenous Knowing
Deepak Naik has an unusual routine. He walks three kilometers to collect clay. The collected clay is then used to make a traditional percussion instrument called the maandar, which is played during Holi and other festivals. As he speaks to us, he drops weight on the clay to harden it … Continue readingThe Dying Sounds Of Rhythm
The trees of Saranda Forests in Jharkhand are no longer felled unsupervised. The people of the village judicially use the forest resources, such as firewood, fruits, and medicinal herbs. The forest is now protected from unprecedented exploitation … Continue readingHow Gram Sabha Are Putting Power Back In The Hands Of The Communities, One Issue At a Time
These lakes were built by the Palegara or the local chieftains of the empire. The extent of ruling of the chieftains expands all the way to Pathapalya, Gummanayakanahalli, Kalkooru, and Teluru … Continue readingLake Manager Story From Chikkaballapura
soil is a finite resource and the soil in one of the farms in Kookalthorai, Nilgiris has lost its nutrients, very close to being dead because of overuse of chemicals and monocropping. The farmers can harvest for just a few more years and they’ll soon run out of the soil. Some drastic measures need to be taken … Continue readingSoil Health And Chemical Farming
Kantharaju: Farmers’ story is just this, if it rains we can harvest else there is nothing, we face
drought, the farmer has to do something to survive. We are not able to cover basic farming costs,
manure, labour, tractor hiring, the costs are too high. With all of this, the farmer can never prosper.
He has been fighting nonstop but has not found … Continue readingRaju And Kantharaju From Tannenahalli In Tumkur District Of Karnataka (Transcript)