Natural Disaster in Kerala, 2019

By Ramachandran K.G In Kerala, it looks like climate-change-induced floods are becoming an annual affair. Following heavy rains, the state which once boasted consistent rains during the monsoon season is now grappling with devastating floods in the month of August. It was so in 2018, and it is not any different this year too. It […]

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Sample plot of mixed crops at Pillur established by Selvaraj, an Erula farmer

By Chandran R. and Ramachandran K.G The Using Diversity (UD) project supports tribal farmers to return to their traditions to bring back the concept of traditional Mixed farming. Farmers are supported with indigenous varieties of seeds for this purpose. The sample plot of Mr. Chandran R, the UD fellow, also serves as a model plot […]

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Planting of Uncultivated Food plants and trees at Silpidi village, Dindori District, MP – 9th August 2019

By Hiralal Gaund The Baigas of Silpidi village, Baigachak, Dindori District, Madhya Pradesh once again celebrated International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples by planting a variety of uncultivated food trees and plants in their community forests for which they have received Habitat Rights as per the Forest Rights Act, 2006. The villagers came together to […]

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Raksha Bandhan to celebrate nature at Gwarmund village, Mainpur Block, Gariyaband District, Chhattisgarh – 15th August, 2019

By Basant Soni and Dhasay Sori On the 15th of August, 2019 the villagers of Gawarmund village came together to celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan by tying a rakhi on an Imli (Tamarind) tree planted by their ancestors. The Imli tree has been a silent witness of the history of Gawarmund, with villagers having […]

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Exhibition of Uncultivated and Wild Food of the Kamars, Kuladighat village, Mainpur Block, Gariyaband District, Chhattisgarh – 15th August 2019

By Basant Soni and Dhansay Sori On the occasion of Independence Day the UD fellows of Gariyaband District organised an exhibition of uncultivated food for the school students and teachers of Kuladighat Primary School. A variety of wild tubers that the Kamar have traditionally consumed were on display and they included – Karu kanda, Bechandi […]

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Sapling Distribution in Pali and Podi Blocks, Korba District, Chhattisgarh – July and August 2019

By Ramakant Jaiswal and Tiharu Birhor A sapling distribution campaign was carried out from 10th July to 10th August 2019 in Pali and Podi Blocks of Korba district. A nursery of a variety of uncultivated and local fruit trees like Mango, Neembu, Amrood (Guava), Barmasi, Munga, Kathal, Papita, and Jamun was established in Udta village […]

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Tuber garden cum tuber bank at Abbalathi village, Periyapatna, Karnataka

Ramachandran K G Participation in two tuber festivals has made a Jenukuruba women’s group from Abbalathi village in Periya patna area think about their traditional varieties of tubers. They wanted to revive them and started to think about a nursery to bring back some of the tuber species to their homesteads. They were not allowed […]

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Establishment of a Nutrition Garden for the Primary School of Jilang village, Baigachak, Dindori District, MP – 6th August 2019

By Hiralal Gaund On the 6th of August 2019 a nutrition garden was established through the Using Diversity project adjoining the hand pump of the Primary School of Jilang village. The run off from the hand pump would help provide necessary water for growing a variety of uncultivated and traditional leafy vegetables in a plot […]

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Tuber banks at Nedunkayam village, Nilambur, Kerala

By Ramachandran K G and Sunilkumar N Tubers were once an integral and inevitable part of the diet of Adivasi communities of Nilambur like anywhere else. They knew a lot about different varieties of edible wild tubers growing within the forests. They had also cultivated many different varieties of tubers in their farmland, however small […]

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Awareness Program on Uncultivated Food with students of Kairodoli Medium School, Littipara Block, Pakur District, Jharkhand, 26th July 2019

Pilathus Malto On the Friday the 26th of July an awareness program on the Uncultivated Food of the Paharias was organised for the school children of Kairodoli Medium School. 43 school children, 32 girls and 11 boys, accompanied by their teacher Anil Kumar Malto, were taken to Kathalpara’s forest to explore some of the different […]

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