Black waters

Today is our first day taking a break from interviews so that we can have a little time to reflect. To date we have talked to 21 farming families over six days in six relatively distinct areas. All but one area is adjacent to (or in, as is the case with one island community) the…

Heat, humidity, and cobras… fieldwork is fun, right?

Whew- the past few days have been a whirlwind of activity! We have spent the last four days tramping through fields, talking with farmers along the Yamuna River here in Delhi.  People have been amazingly open and welcoming, and seem keen to share their experiences with us.  We are off to a fantastic start with…

16 June, 2011: Vegetable Wholesale Market

We took a break from meetings yesterday to engage in a little observational research. There is food everywhere you look in this city–as soon as we walk outside the hotel where we are staying, our senses are filled with the fragrance of ripening fruit, complex spices mingling on hot griddles, and limes lacing water stands.…

15 June, 2011: Ready to go

We’ve gotten off to what feels like a pretty slow start given our short time for work (as is to be expected when landing in a new country with very few contacts) but today we took a leap forward with our two interviews.  The first was with Sunny Verma of Swechha Foundation (“a youth-run, youth-focused…

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Our first week has been a flurry of meetings and self-orientation. Delhi is an incredibly chaotic and lively city. At a cool 105F, we’ve certainly been wondering what exactly we were thinking when we decided to come here in the dead of summer… for doctoral students you would think we’d be smarter than that! Between…