The potential of Indigenous Food in tourism sector

Senior associate at NESFAS, Janak P Singh, represented the organization on March 12, 2020 at the National Seminar on ‘Sustainable Tourism and Environmental Conservation: A tool for Community Development’ at Sankardev College Shillong. He shared NESFAS’ works on Indigenous Food Systems with focus on Mei-Ramew Cafes’ and the potential it has in promoting Sustainable Tourism and Environmental Conservation.

The two-day national seminar on ‘Sustainable Tourism and Environmental Conservation: A tool for Community Development’ was organized by Sankardev College on March 12-13 2020, and sponsored by North Eastern Council. The seminar deliberated on issues such as the impact of tourism on the local economy, culture and environment, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, recent trends in the sector and its role in enabling peace and security in the North Eastern Region.  Various stakeholders from the tourism sector, the government, non-governmental organization and commercial agencies participated in the seminar. Dr. Mukul Sangma, Leader of the opposition, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly graced the occasion as the chief guest.

The presentation shared by Singh was well appreciated as it focused on local initiatives such as the promotion of Indigenous Food and the potential it has in the tourism sector. The presentation also highlighted on the inclusive approach of Mei-Ramew Cafes in which majority of the products are sourced from the village itself, there by making community people active partners in the local economy.

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