Seed banks focusing on collection of grain varieties that used to be consumed by the Sahariyas for ages ...
Sharing knowledge, increasing their output, and accessing new markets.
"For the first time in 72 years, a key agriculture mandi intervention has taken place in Malkangiri"
To enable rural and urban women producers to showcase their products, develop market linkage and refine their produce.
Cotton cultivation here is rain-fed. As an established principle, they don’t export any produce.
Small parcels of grains from marked off plots devoted to specific varieties are handed over as seeds to interested farmers.
Though actively-restored fragmented forest patches recover better than those simply 'protected', undisturbed forests are the best.
"... the oils are wood-pressed, flours and powders are stone-ground, and seeds are of the heirloom variety.”
They are replacing the invasive species - gando babool - with mixed varieties of native seeds that can withstand heavy /normal /low rainfall