Field Visit to Birhor villages of Pali and Podi Block of Korba District, Chhattisgarh – 9th to 11th March 2018

The integral historical relationship between the Birhors and forests is reflected in the meaning of the word Birhor – Bir mans Jungle and hor means man, so Birhor means people of the Jungle. The Birhors are one of Chhattisgarh’s notified PVTGs and they are distributed across Bilaspur, Jashpur, Surguja, Raigarh and Korba districts. The UD […]

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Traditional Seed Mela “Beejon ki Rishtedari” and Cross-learning Exposure Program for UD fellows Silpidi Village, 22-26 February 2018

By Naresh Biswas, Nirman Madhya Pradesh In order to facilitate improved understanding of the Using Diversity (UD) project and its objectives among the UD fellows from Raigarh District of Chhattisgarh and Patalkot, Chindwara District of Madhya Pradesh and exposure visit was organised in Dindori District, Madhya Pradesh from 22nd to 26th February 2018. On this […]

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Visit to Jharkhand – Littipara Block and Sundar Pahari Block – 12th to 18th February, 2018

Littipara Meeting at Kathalpara village, 15th February 2018 We had a meeting with 8 women SHG members and two men from Kathalpara village. Kathalpara is home to 60 households a majority of which belong to the Pahariya community. The village still has neighbouring forest areas and a few households still practice Kurwa the traditional Pahariya […]

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Participation of Traditional Baiga Chiefs of Baigachak, Madhya Pradesh in the Baiga Mahsabha organised by Jan Swasth Sahyog and Sarv Adivasi Sabha’s Program

By Naresh Biswas 13th February 2018, Dagniya village, Mungeli Distirct (Jan Swasth Sahyog) UD fellows and Baiga leaders from Dindori District’s Baigachak participated in a program organised in the village of Dagniya in Achanakamar Wildlife Sancturary on the 13th of February 2018. In the course of the program that went on till 5:00 pm Charra […]

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Field Visit to Mainpur, Gariyaband District, Chhattisgarh – 18th January 2018

Background In Mainpur block of Gariyaband district of Chhatisgarh the Using Diversity project is working with the Kamar community living in 12 villages in forest areas of the Block. The Kamars have historically been dependent on their surrounding forests for sustenance and livelihood security. They also practice traditional forms of shifting cultivation. However, in the […]

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Orientation Program for UD Fellows at XISA Raipur – 10th & 11th January 2018

Facilitators – Rohan Mukerjee, Naresh Biswas This Orientation program for Central India Using Diversity (UD) fellows carried out at XISA Raipur in the second week of January involved 2 fellows from MP, and 5 fellows from Chhattisgarh. The fellows from Jharkhand, Patalkot and one fellow from Gariyaband were unable to attend the program. Introduction of […]

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Field Visit to Littipara Paharia Villages in Littipara Block, Pakaur District, Jharkhand 6th & 7th January 2018

Background Litipara block is located in Pakaur district of Jharkhand and forms a part of the Sandthal Pargana division. Pakaur had been a sub-division of the Santhal Pargana District since 1868. In 1999 Pakaur received district status when Santhal Pargana was divided into four districts namely Deoghar, Godda, Sahibganj and Pakaur. Litipara is one of […]

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Wild root and Tuber Festival at the Paharia village of Ghagri, Sundar Pahari, Godda District, Jharkhand – 29th November, 2017

Soumik Banerjee and Surja Paharia On the 29th of November, 2017 to celebrate the rich diversity of uncultivated food collected and consumed by the Paharias from the forests of Sundar Pahari a Wild root and Tuber Festival was organised at Ghagri village. Wild roots and tubers make a vital contribution to the diet of the […]

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World Organic Congress Delhi – Participation of Nirman and UD Network Representatives from MP and Chhattisgarh

The Organic Farmers Association of India organised a World Organic Congress at Delhi from the 9th to 11th of November 2017. At this international organic event the Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch organised a Beej Mela (seed fair). On behalf of the UD network Nirman Sanstha and the Baigas and Pahari Korva’s of Madhya Pradesh and […]

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