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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

The Chandigre Cooks’ Alliance Cook In

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A visit to Chandigre Village, falling under the Rongram Community and Rural Development Block of West Garo Hills, on 7th August 2015 by the NESFAS team ended with a scrumptious meal prepared by the Cooks’ Alliance there. The team accompanied by four … Continue reading

Women Farmers honoured on Women’s Day

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Traditional grass rain coats and graduation hats made of leaf—14 women farmers from Nagaland and one from Meghalaya, for the first time in their lives, were honored (with the coat and hat) for their contribution to biodiverse farming during the … Continue reading

Jhum Cultivation – More than just an agricultural practice

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Let us understand jhum cultivation before writing it off.. Also known as slash and burn cultivation, jhum has over the years received a lot of negative press and not without reason. “The current practice of shifting cultivation in eastern and … Continue reading

The power of participatory video documentation – A grassroot perspective

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by Pius Ranee A few years ago, while visiting a jhum field along with two of my friends, an incident occurred that opened my eyes. To get to the jhum field we had to cross a small stream. While crossing … Continue reading

Celebrating a Revival

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Something very interesting is happening in North East India. The local communities have been holding a series of Food Festivals where locally available (wild edibles) and locally grown food (cultivated) are displayed and cooked. Known as Mei Ram ew, and … Continue reading