Written By : Harish Tiwari, Project Coordinator, Jhabua and Sreya Mozumdar, Sr.Manager, Programmes
Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh: Adopting the People Led Development Approach (PLDA), IGSSS has been working with the Bhil women from eight villages towards improving the nutrition and food security as part of the sustainable livelihood initiative.
Taking a step forward in this direction, a food fair was organized in attendance of the local government representatives, members of civil society organizations and the villagers. The purpose was to spread awareness about the significance of adopting traditional agriculture techniques and also its importance in mitigating climate change.
A particular initiative was taken up by women members of the Seed Society, who have been trying to collect and thereby revive the seeds which are on the verge of extinction. They have reached out to families, friends and neighbours in order to trace ‘lost’ seeds that were once a part of their farming practice and daily traditional diet. Simultaneously, members of Farmers’ Clubs and younger boys have been practicing organic chemical free farming on small homestead patches. The significant changes they are witnessing in their crop quality and yield have convinced them to propagate this beyond the boundaries of their own village. With a close ear to the ground, change is in the air.