Flood and drought often drive the rural poor to cities. Those who are landless often stay on. Risking lives under the open sky, they hope a city’s many work opportunities will help them survive somehow.
Poor shelter, lack of sanitation and hygiene in slums, and insufficient family and community support further compound the problems of the urban poor.
Native varieties of millet which can grow in drought-like conditions are making a comeback thanks to the indigenous Dognria Kondh community in Odisha and its growing traction among affluent consumers for their many health benefits.
While Meghalaya’s ancient culture empowers indigenous women with land ownership, legal protections to own and manage property are missing.
Female journalists, bloggers and other media actors disproportionally experience gender-related threats on the internet, which impacts their safety and future online activities.
The feminisation of environmental migration is already underway in South Asia but governments are slow to recognise the role of climate change and there’s no policy action