Islamic banking with a twist
A cooperative in Bihar offers interest-free loans, but only to its poor members
Who should have the first right over sugar produced by Uttar Pradesh's sugar mills - the banks who loaned the mills or the farmers who supplied …
“Cooperative is not for profit but for benefit”
Arshad Ajmal, mentor and the first chairperson of Al-khair Co-operative Credit Society Ltd, is now working on replicating the model in different …
SC directs Gujarat, Rajasthan to decentralise food procurement under ICDS
Tells states to keep big contractors out of nutrition programme for children, and pregnant and lactating women
Will access to toilets guarantee women's security in rural India?
The Badaun rape incident shows how vulnerable women are to sexual violence when there are no toilets in homes
Rivulet resurrected in 45 days
Thousands of people working under NREGS bring a 38 km stream back from the dead in Uttar Pradesh
CAG slams Uttar Pradesh for poor implementation of MGNREGS
14.5 per cent decline in employment under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, says country’s chief auditor
Since the Right To Education Act came into force on April 1, 2010, India has been witnessing an experiment that involves parents in enforcing a …
44 per cent of India's districts face rain deficit
Major food-producing states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Punjab are the worst affected
Left without a vote
Uttar Pradesh government's repeated attempts to bring villages under industrial authorities are against the spirit of the Constitution
Penny unwise, pond foolish
The government should have revived traditional water bodies and ponds to prepare Bundelkhand for drought. Rather, it spent Rs 15,000 crore to …
Darkness before light
Down To Earth visited Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh and found that despite electrification, households continue to depend on kerosene and …
Political parties choose farm loan waiver for electoral gains, but at what cost?
Farmers have outstanding loan of Rs12.60 lakh crore, which translates to Rs 100,000 per cultivator
How is fodder crisis rendering livestock vulnerable?
Today, India faces an acute fodder shortage that has left drought-hit farmers and livestock vulnerable. Jitendra finds out how fodder crisis has …
Yogi's gift to Uttar Pradesh farmers: loan waiver, higher MSP, guaranteed procurement
The decision comes as a huge relief for about 20 million small and marginal farmers
Why slaughterhouses have to be "illegal" to be sustainable and why farmers have to give up their cattle for survival
UP village demanding compensation for riverine erosion stops fast
The residents of Kamhariya in Sitapur district had been on a 48-hour hunger strike, demanding measures against erosion by the Sharda river. They …
India's Cow Crisis Part 1: Nepal bears the brunt of India's cow vigilantism
Hounded by cow vigilantes and trade restrictions, farmers in Uttar Pradesh's border areas abandon their unproductive cattle in Nepalese villages …
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Water-stressed in India: How bunds helped farmers in Mahoba put drought behind
Construction of bunds helped revive groundwater levels and recharged wells in drought-stricken Bundelkhand district