Forest land that was lying idle in the past is being put to good use by tribals of ‘Boricha Mal’ village. Today they supplement the growth of paddy with vegetables under the horticulture project implemented by Sakav in partnership with Aid for change, for a region that is home for marginalized adivasis from the Thakar tribe.
In the midst of the legal battles to claim rightful ownership of land under the Forest Rights Act these green patches growing near river banks and foothills are contributing towards food security and income for the adivasis. One such initiative … Continued
According to the traditional system, the sugar cane contractor gives an advance of 50,000 to a lakh of rupees to every couple and extracts their service for 6 to 7 months in the year. Most of the time husbands used … Continued
After the monsoon season, the receding waters provide nearly 167 families like him with a farming option but as the water line recedes their efforts to water the fields turns into frustration. At the peak of summer, he spends an … Continued
Since the economics to develop land for Padkai where the gradient was steep was not feasible for locals, a limited amount of land was been utilized under this traditional practice and provided rice that would last a household for a … Continued
Till two years ago, Vidya Mahamuni was expected to be a quiet and obedient punching bag. Her in-laws would not tolerate her saying ‘no’ to anything they demanded and the husband would look for an excuse to beat her at … Continued
Villagers of Pondi tied the rakhi to 10,000 trees and embraced them as members of their family when the forest officials came to cut down 400 earmarked trees. As time came to a standstill with this confrontation, the officials were left … Continued
In 2011, Mendha Lekha in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district became the first village in India to exercise its community right to harvest bamboo and sell under the Forest Rights Act (FRA). Mendha lekha, a village in Gadchiroli district where villagers were … Continued