When Women Have Land Rights, the Tide Begins to Turn

NEW DELHI, Jun 12 2017 (IPS) – In Meghalaya, India’s northeastern biodiversity hotspot, all three major tribes are matrilineal. Children take the mother’s family name, while daughters inherit the family lands. Because women own...

Rural India needs solar power for more than just lighting, study finds

BHUBANESWAR, India, May 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the next five years, India plans to install 10,000 small-scale solar-power grids across the country to bring basic electrical power to communities without it. But...

Land taken for Indian car factory returned to farmers, bears fruit

The future looks bright for farmers in West Bengal after India’s Supreme Court ordered a carmaker to return the 400 hectares of land SINGUR, India, May 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Farmer Dibakar Ghosh...

Solar power brings light to dark corners of Indian train stations

A push to green India’s vast railway network with solar panels and LEDs also helps passengers and homeless migrants feel safe. Visakhapatnam, 8th May 2017 -The pounding of trains running through the night does...

Green Climate Fund project for India offers hope to drought-hit farmers

In Odisha, where late monsoons mean crop failures, poverty and even suicide, a novel scheme aims to boost water access. Bhubaneswar, 26th April 2017 – “The farmer who is suicidal will follow the season’s...

Trolling of Women Journalists Threatens Free Press

NEW DELHI, May 1 2017 (IPS) – “It’s not what you say that prompts it—it’s the fact that you are saying it,” says Mary Beard, a Cambridge University classics professor about online trolling. “If...

Indian farmers beef up below sea-level system for climate fight

KUTTANAD, India, April 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Farmer Moncy Joseph, who grows rice on land below sea level in India’s Kuttanad region, is determined not to be beaten by climate change. Last year,...

Asia’s Water Politics Near the Boiling Point

NEW DELHI, Mar 21 2017 (IPS) – In Asia, it likely will not be straightforward water wars. Prolonged water scarcity might lead to security situations that are more nuanced, giving rise to a complex...

Kerala fishermen tackle pollution, clam theft to protect wetland

A conservation system devised by local fisherfolk is helping keep Vembanad Lake clean and safeguarding their livelihood ALAPPUZHA, India, Feb 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Flocks of storks and cormorants perched on bamboo stilts...

Mini-grids: Energy Access Builds Inclusive Economies and Resilient Communities

NEW DELHI, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – Jaipal Hembrum runs three one-man home enterprises – a bicycle repair shop, a tiny food stall and a tailoring unit in Kautuka, a remote village in eastern...