Living for Today: Sustainability and Livelihoods

After many months chewing on the information we gathered in Delhi, the question that keeps nagging us is, what part of this, if any, is sustainable?  There seems to be a real disconnect between what we read in the literature about urban agriculture and what we saw on the ground with the farmers we worked…

Snapshot: A summary description of Yamuna farmers

The starting point for this project was simply to find out what is going on in terms of urban agriculture in Delhi on the ground and literally in the field.  As a brief description of what we found regarding basic characteristics, here is our summary: Our research was conducted with 35 farming families across eight…

Field Sites

 During our ten days of fieldwork, we were able to explore eight areas along the Yamuna River.  The typical day consisted of getting to the metro by 9 am (along with what seemed like half of the Delhi population–we truly appreciated the women-only cars!), meeting our interpreter by 9:15, finding a rickshaw driver who was…

Fertilizer in all forms and quantities

There is a common sentiment among the professionals that we have talked to here in Delhi that farming along the Yamuna poses a threat to the river due to chemical fertilizer and pesticide runoff. We completed 35 total interviews with farmers between June 19th and 30th, and we learned a little bit about farming practices.…