A cooperative of landless women in Gujarat are making a successful living through collective farming. By converting their village into an eco tourism centre, they are conserving and promoting local cultures and cuisine.

While driving across the dusty countryside of Ajmer district in Rajasthan, some surprises await you at the Tilonia village. Here, you find villagers working diligently on computers, in a solar energy centre, and in a mini-electronics telephone exchange!

After successful pilot project, state plans to revive ponds in 12,618 villages Lush paddy fields abound in Pattikadu village in Tamil Nadu

BHUBANESWAR: The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, celebrating its golden jubilee this year, has planned to scale up its activities in the corporate social responsibility sector in the State.

The petroleum major will adopt villages for street lighting and rainwater harvesting and donate furniture and books to select government schools.

- Farmers upbeat as Doba, a new technology, will enable rainwater harvesting

Ranchi, June 29: The rain god is smiling and so are the farmers.

They have to worry less about irrigation now as monsoon has finally hit the state. And using a new technology this time round to store rainwater, farmers can look forward to better summers ahead.

Residents of the dalit colony in Devaramallur village, lay seige to the gram pachayat office demanding restoration of water supply to the colony, on Monday.

Shimla: Alarmed over the depletion of water sources due to declining snow and rain, the government has decided to focus on water conservation projects under the national rural employment guarantee (NREGA) scheme, particularly in the water stressed areas of the state.

Change is not something that happens automatically. Our collective effort is what acts as a catalyst in the process of change, said Sharda Devi, President of Samagra Jal Vikas Samiti of Pipra. Earlier, women of this village had to walk 2 to 3 kilometers to collect water, spending most of their time in this pursuit. The situation is vastly different now.

Lakshman Oraon and his wife Sarla are no ordinary farmers. On less than an acre of land, they grow paddy, tomatoes, potatoes and onions. Their crop of paddy has just been harvested and you can see the dry remnants sticking out of the soil. But they are getting ready for a second major crop. It could be wheat with mustard and pulses in the margins.

The concept of integrated and participatory watershed management has emerged as the cornerstone of rural development in the dry, semi-arid and other rainfed regions of the world. Most watershed projects in India are implemented with the twin objectives of soil and water conservation and enhancing the livelihoods of the rural poor.