Yams for the Future

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At forty eight, Romiss Sh Sangma of Chandigre, West Garo Hills, hopes to pass her knowledge about the various types of plants she grows in her jhum filed and kitchen garden to her 6 children. “They hardly can identify 5-6 varieties” she points … Continue reading

Revisiting Chizami on Women’s Day

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  NESFAS, for a second time around, was invited to be a part of the International Women’s Day and Biodiversity Festival at Chizami, Nagaland, annually organised by the North East Network (NEN), a women’s rights organisation working in the north … Continue reading

Not your grandfather’s house, but maybe it should be

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Everyone wants a house to live in, and more and more, people around the world want the kinds of houses seen in Europe and North America, rather than those they grew up with, according to a Penn State engineer. However, industrial building materials are often scarce and expensive and alternative, locally sourced, sustainable materials are often a better choice. Continue reading


The Lady with the Magical Touch

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It is a local belief that she has magic in her calloused hands. Seeds for plantation are brought to her before they are sown in the farms because seeds that she plants never fail to sprout and always grow to be healthy and productive. Continue reading

Curtain Draws on Pyrda for ITM Delegates

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“Quel que soit l’endroit où on se trouve dans la vie, on peut être heureux” – “No matter where we live in the world, we can be happy”, said by Mr. Sambo from Senegal after visiting Pyrda village of the … Continue reading

Bringing the Clan Together – Millet

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  The children were the ones having the best time on the 5th of January when the 6 households of the Rani Clan of Nongtraw, Khatarshnong, East Khasi Hills District Meghalaya celebrated the annual Millet Festival. Traditionally celebrated by millet growing … Continue reading

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