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Keeping the faith

The Tata Trusts have, over the years, been deeply involved with issues related to climate change, ecology and the environment. People and communities have been at the centre of resultant efforts in renewable energy, clean cooking, coastal salinity and disaster relief.

A farmer ploughs his field in Kailashnagar village in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, one of seven states where a solar-based irrigation project supported by Tata Trusts was implemented. Solar-powered pumps enabled small and marginal farmers in Kailashnagar and several such villages to reduce the dependence on polluting diesel pumps, improve availability of water and earn additional income from growing summer crops.

(Clockwise from left) A family in Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district that increased their income from agriculture even while farming in saline conditions; a crop management demo in Bhadiyadar village in Gujarat’s Junagadh district, where a Tata Trusts-supported programme to combat coastal salinity ingress has made a difference; a training session for farmers in Bhadiyadar village; and members of a self-help group from Puri in Odisha at a meeting to discuss measures to stem coastal erosion.

Laxmi (left), a resident of Gopalpura village in Rajasthan’s Dhaulpur district, was among those who benefitted from the ‘clean cooking stove project’, a Tata Trusts initiative that works to reduce the use of unhealthy cooking stoves. A group of women social entrepreneurs (right) in Chowankhan, a village in Gujarat, at an event to promote the use of clean cooking devices.

Images from relief and rehabilitation efforts by the Tata Trusts in Karnataka (left) following the floods in the state in 2019, and in Kerala (top two) a year earlier, when a deluge laid waste to lives and livelihoods. The Trusts also pitched in with support when the monsoon wrecked havoc in Assam in 2019 (below).

Compiled by Kainaz Mistry