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Are PACS the farmers’ panacea that was promised?

In the weeks since the Kisan Long March, we at Mobile Vaani reached out to farmers in Bihar to ask what were the biggest issues they faced and what their demands of the government would be. Unsurprisingly, most of the…

Agriculture advisory for smallholder farmers

Agriculture advisory for smallholder farmers

Most farmers struggle with getting accurate and localised information on their farming practices, on crop diversification or opportunities for new cash crops. However, they find information that they get on centralised helplines too technical and not contextual enough. The result:…

Helping farmers weather agriculture shocks

Helping farmers weather agriculture shocks

One in two of over 1,500 people in Bihar, Jharkhand & Madhya Pradesh we surveyed on Mobile Vaani recently said that agriculture was their primary source of income. But most of these farmers – 87% – faced income shocks over…

Guiding young people on education and career pathways

Guiding young people on education and career pathways

In a bid to earn more, families are looking beyond agriculture. Some 62% of the people we surveyed believed that the best way to increase their household income was to get new skills to help in their present job, or…

Facilitating the rural citizen’s access to formal credit 

Facilitating the rural citizen’s access to formal credit 

Credit is needed for business expansion, new income-generating activities, or even to deal with cash flows. Some 80% of the people we recently surveyed had taken a loan in the past year, but most of them had borrowed from friends,…