PGS groups overcome livelihood challenges during pandemic

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Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) groups are internationally applicable organic quality assurance systems, which are implemented and controlled by several committed organic farmers-producers through active participation, along with the consumers, in the process based on verifiable trust. To help strengthen the … Continue reading

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COVID-19, landlessness and food insecurity in Meghalaya

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Bhogtoram Mawroh and Jakrimre Momin In its 2019 ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World: Safeguarding against Economic Slowdowns and Downturns’ report, FAO stated that “Where inequality is greater, economic slowdowns and downturns have a disproportionate effect … Continue reading

Revival of indigenous food system: Hill paddy cultivation in Madanrtiang

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Gratia Dkhar, Naphishisha Nongsiej and Bhogtoram Mawroh “There is no alternative” or TINA was a slogan used by Conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher which basically meant that there was no alternative to a market economy and globalised capitalism was … Continue reading

The new normal: Market at your doorstep

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the state has caused regular markets to be either closed or partially functioning subject to protocols stipulated by the government thereby causing great economic hardship to many. This, however, has not deterred Mawhiang headman Bindar … Continue reading

Safety with Style: Indigenous Eri Silk Masks from Khweng

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The ongoing pandemic has everyone contemplating their mask experiences now more than ever. Until the past few months, masks were associated with dust allergies, health professions and style statements, but now they are a necessity to fight an infectious virus.The … Continue reading

Nongprut youths pave way for a fresher future

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When there’s a will, there’s a way. When given an opportunity and space, 10 young community members from Nongprut (West Khasi Hills) rose to the occasion recently to set an example on the importance of kitchen gardens for other youths … Continue reading