Agriculture

Photo Essay: Life in the hills of Uttarakhand

Posted By Rang De Team in Agriculture, LivelihoodsPhoto Essay: Life in the hills of Uttarakhand

Early this summer, I was on an arduous trek — made difficult only because it was after a hearty meal — to meet Pushpa Devi, one of our borrowers in Dehradun’s Lakhamandal. While we sat down at Pushpa’s house, I heard about her temperamental cow, quite aptly called Kali. Kali doesn’t allow anyone else but Pushpa to handle her — whether […]

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The farm widows of India: Perumalla Vinodha’s story

Posted By Rang De Team in Agriculture, LivelihoodsThe farm widows of India: Perumalla Vinodha’s story

Perumalla Vinodha (right) is one of thousands of ‘farm widows’ in India, a term that refers to women who are left behind when their farmer husbands commit suicide. PC: Ahinsa During a span of six months between June 2014 and January 2015, a period of intense agrarian crisis in India, over 536 farmers ended their lives […]

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A visit to Gudalur and the ‘Just Change’ Producer Company

Posted By Rang De Team in Agriculture, UpdatesA visit to Gudalur and the ‘Just Change’ Producer Company

Rang De team members and social investors visited Just Change, an adivasi producer company in Gudalur, Tamil Nadu The journey from Bengaluru to Gudalur is a rare treat. After the chaos of Bengaluru and the desolation of its suburbs, the road passes through two national parks — Bandipur and Mudumalai — before making it to the Nilgiri hills. This was […]

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Are farm loan waivers really the answer to the agrarian crisis?

Posted By Rang De Team in AgricultureAre farm loan waivers really the answer to the agrarian crisis?

In April, the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) predicted a ‘normal monsoon’ in 2017. The markets responded positively to the news and the nation heaved a collective sigh of relief. It was not just relief from the scorching summer heat that the rains were expected to bring but an alleviation of the agricultural crisis. Eight states […]

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Bringing back organic farming in Anantapur

Posted By Rang De Team in AgricultureBringing back organic farming in Anantapur

Dharani is a collective of organic farmers and their products are sold in Bangalore and Hyderabad Should we wait for a drought to conserve water? Should we wait for erosion to conserve the soil? Should we wait for a crop failure to adopt organic farming? Should we wait for the total depletion of resources to […]

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