India

A Roadmap for a Healthy Ganga

To hundreds of millions of Indians, the Ganges is not just a river but a holy blessing, flowing a nectar (amrit) of self-purifying water from the Himalayas to the Bengal Bay. Yet, the Ganges has seen drastic water degradation over decades, struggling with water diversion for non-efficient irrigated agriculture and a daily discharge of more than two billion litres of untreated sewage.

Bernard Giraud: Building Functional Forests that Help Indian Tribes Thrive

In this guest post, the President and Co-Founder of the Livelihoods Venture Bernard Giraud  describes how restoring forests with the Adivasi tribes in India has helped tackle issues from poverty to poor nutrition.

Pulling the chain: business solutions for managing human fecal waste

As part of WLE's partnership with The Economist's Sustainability Summit this March in London, the Thrive blog is publishing a series of posts that discuss the role science plays in catalyzing shifts toward sustainability in the private sector and beyond.

A bold training approach for a gentle gender transformation

Communities are complex social networks that are made up of many dynamic relationships. Gender relations in particular are rooted in values, norms and practices that require deeper exploration and understanding.

1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress

The organizers are pleased to invite scientists, students, farmers, as well as representatives from government, non-government organizations and industry to share their research experiences for sustainable management and utilization of agrobiodiversity.

Can India´s wasteland be used for biomass plantations?

How much of India’s vast wasteland can be used for growing plants such as eucalyptus and Jatropha? As land demands have increased, the sustainable use of marginal lands has become increasingly important. In India about 47 million hectares, or 15 percent of the total geographical area, is classified as wastelands.