Seed fest and Traditional food festival, Pillur, 15 December 2018

Erula tribal community members from various hamlets of Pillurnadu region organized a Traditional Seed cum food festival at Sethumadai village in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu, on 15th December 2018. Mr. Robert Leo, Deputy director, Keystone Foundation, welcomed the guests and participants for the Program and made a speech on the rationale of organizing traditional […]

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Indigenous seed keepers – the story of two elderly Erula women

Narrated by R.Chandran, UD fellow-Pillur and written by Ramachandran K G  Pillurnadu is a land locked territory within the hills of eastern valley of Western Ghats. There are twenty plus Erula hamlets in the region. Erula people belong to one of the particularly vulnerable tribal groups of Tamil Nadu state. These indigenous community members are […]

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Traditional Badi Cultivation in the Pahari Korwa Village of Amanara

As I entered the Pahari Korwa village of Amanara in Raigarh District of Chhattisgarh, on a rainy afternoon in early September I witnessed that the monsoons had given the entire village a green make over. The plots adjoining the villagers’ habitation which had been rendered dry and barren only a few months ago by the […]

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Traditional Food Festival at Nilambur – 15th August 2018

On 15th august 2018, tribal community members from various Oorukootams (village Grama Sabhas) in Nilambur area organized a traditional food festival at Nedunkayam hamlet, Karulai Grama Panchayat, of Malappuram District of Kerala. Villagers form the Kattunaicken, Muthuvan, Paniya and Cholanaicken communities representing 13 different villages  attended and participated in this food festival. The main objectives […]

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Sahavbhat Program for Planting of Uncultivated Food Plants to celebrate International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples – 9th August 2018, Silpidi Village, Dindori District, Madhya Pradesh

Naresh Biswas, Nirman The very existence and identity of the Baiga adivasis is integrally linked with their forests. Forests play a crucial role in ensuring food and nutritional security of the Baigas. They consume a variety of fruits, flowers, leaves, tubers, wild mushrooms and other uncultivated food from their forests and also use a variety […]

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Community seed sowing and seed distribution in Paharia villages of Sundar Pahari – 29th June 2018

The Paharias of Sundar Pahari still continue to follow their traditional agricultural practices on forested hill slopes of the region which involve: i. Jara cultivation – In August they clear the trees and shrubs in preparation for cultivation. Some valuable trees like Sal and Semul are left to be harvested later. The leaves of cut […]

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Exhibition on Traditional Seeds and Training on organic agricultural methods – 15th June 2018, Makhni Pahar, Littipara Block, Pakur District, Jharkhand

Kalidas Malto, UD Fellow, Littipara, Jharkhand On the 15th of June an Exhibition on the traditional seeds of the Paharias was organised which was followed by a training program on organic agricultural methods with a focus on the making of vermi-compost.  131 men and women villagers from the 10 UD project villages of the area […]

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Meeting on Traditional Agriculture at Dev Dongar village, Gariaband District, Chhattisgarh – 4th June 2018

By Bhola Nagesh and Dhansaya Sori On the 4th of June 2018 a meeting on traditional agricultural practices of the Kamars was held at the Kamar village of Dev Dongar, Mainpur Block, Gariaband District, Chhattisgarh. UD fellows Bhola Nagesh and Dhansaya Sori along with PRERAK (UD Partner) staff Bhuwan Patel facilitated discussing on traditional agricultural […]

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One day workshop on Forest Rights Act (FRA, 2006) with Kamars of Kuladighat Village, Gariaband District, Chhattisgarh – 3rd June 2018

Bhola Nagesh and Dhansaya Sori On the 3rd of June 2018 a PRERAK organised a workshop on implementation of FRA, 2006 with a focus on Individual Forest Rights (IFR) and Community Forest Rights (CFR) titles was held at the Kamar village of Kuladighat in Mainpur Block, Gariaband District, Chhattisgarh. The meeting was attended by the […]

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Field visit to Birhor Project Area Villages Malda and Gudu Muda, Podi Block, Korba District, Chhattisgarh – 7th and 8th June 2018

Forest Trail in Chettah Pahari Forest neighbouring Malda village – 7th June 2018 Malda is small village located in Podi Block of Korba Distrit, Chhattisgarh. Malda is home to 15 Birhor households which includes the family of Tiharu Birhor the UD community fellow for the Birhor project area. Accompanied by Tiharu and fellow villager Dular […]

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