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Stories from the Field

For improved seeds through participatory seed system delivery

Majority of the farmers in Koraput district of Odisha are tribal, resource poor and mostly dependent on onset of monsoon for agriculture. The rainfall in this region is erratic and prolonged drought...

This farmer producer company is saving the vanishing millet diversity

MSSRF facilitated Kolli Hills gro biodiversity conserver’s federation since 2009 with a membership of 1651 farm families with physical and financial assets and now this has been sparked as a Farmer...

Melapatti VKC – creating change from within

This Village Knowledge Centre (VKC) in Melapatti village, Pudukottai district, is buzzing with activity. Housed in a two-room building, this VKC has become a lifeline for the residents of the village...

Reviving small scale irrigation systems among small holders and its impact on farm income: A case study

Nallamur is a village in Tindivanam block of Villupuram district where 82% of farmers depend on open wells for irrigation. However more than 70% of wells in the region are defunct and abandoned due...

How collectives are improving the livelihoods and well-being of single women: learning from Puducherry

Sarala is a 35-year-old single mother belonging to socially marginalized community. She is working as an agricultural labourer in Poriyur village, Puducherry. She has been a member of a self-help...

Empowering coastal rural women through fish culture

The fishing sector is largely dominated by men. The role of women in fishing largely relies on the socio-economic conditions of the households. Overall, the conditions and quality of life for women...