How We Work

Our working style and approach

Living Farms believes in working with forest dependent communities as capacity builders as well as students of the vast intergenerational knowledge that the forest and adivasi communities share. We believe that our future and current success lies on the philosophy of community based sharing.

Research & Publishing

adivasis in India farming knowledge and forest dependent communities in India

We have tried to benchmark maternal, child malnutrition, impact of seed management, multi-cropping and eco-agriculture in the Adivasi communities. We publish in peer-reviewed journals and our own media regularly

Our bimonthy Oriya magazine

Living Farms publishes a bimonthly magazine in Oriya. Contact us to get older magazines. The previous topics we've covered include:

- Sustainable Agriculture
- A look back on India's traditional agricultural practices
- Food sovereignty and what it means
- Organic farming and impact of GMO crops
- Case studies & interviews from experts

The magazines are sent over to interested teams and people and need a small annual contribution to cover the production costs. These are listed as follows:

Single Copy: Rs 60.00
5 Copies : Rs 200.00
10 Copies: Rs 350.00
20 Copies: Rs 650.00
50 Copies: Rs 1500.00
100-Copies: Rs 3000.00

 

Festivals & Events

Adivasis in India and forest dependent communities Living Farms work

We have organized campaigns promoting safe, organic foods, uncultivated forest foods, traditional rice and other crops. We were able to bring together Adivasis from many different Indian states for an indigenous festival showcasing traditional, uncultivated crops in a national Adivasi food festival. 

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Adivasi Food Festival

In December 2014, Living Farms organized a nation-wide Adivasi Food festival in Delhi. Over 23 forest dependent communities from 13 states in India, participated in the 3-day event. More than 1500 varieties of uncooked, raw, cultivated and uncultivated traditional Adivasi foods were displayed. And about 900 of these were forest foods. The forest dependent and Adivasi communities were able to showcase the rich diversity of foods they grow and consume over generations. 

Priorly in February 2014, Living Farms organized a Tribal Food Festival at Bissam in Cuttack, India, situated in the Niyamgiri foothills of Odisha, India. About 80% women and 600 Adivasis from over 200 tribal villages of eastern and central India came together to celebrate the rich diversity of their food.

The festival was widely appreciated and attended by civil society members, nutrition scientists, educators, sociologists and concerned citizens. The communities were happy to share and get a platform to celebrate diversity and healthy traditions.

We Pahari Korba have always enjoyed a long and healthy life for generations, without any major ailments or diseases. For every minor disease, symptom or discomfort we depended on forest herbs, plants, vegetables, to get well, and we never visited a drug store, hospital, or took any injections.”- Adivasi community member

 Some media coverage of the event:

Lonely Planet: India's best indigenous foods festival

Hans India: From Forests to Delhi: Tribal Foods of India

Capacity Building Workshops

Adivasis in India and forest dependent communities workshops

The workshops usually cover the concept of LANN- linking agriculture, natural resource management with nutrition. We specialize on addressing nutrition issues of Adivasis and forest dependent communities. Workshops have been held in collaboration with local health workers, schools, farmers and communities.

Know more about our workshops

Workshops conducted

Living Farms has been instrumental in organizing knowledge workshops with adivasi and forest dependent communities in Odisha.  The topics we've covered include:

- Socio-technical dimensions of community based forest management
- Protection and conservation of forest bio-diversity (from community to district level)
- Sustainable agriculture and ecological pest management
- Millet based inter-cropping with demonstrations
- Participative mapping of traditional seed varieties, seed conservation and community seed banks
- Setting up home gardens and nurseries
- Knowledge sharing on forest rights act, community land ownership and MNREGA
- Knowledge sharing on infant care, maternal health in collaboration with anganwadi and public health workers
- Knowledge sharing on intergenerational malnutrition
- Awareness camps in schools, communities on health, sanitation and hygiene

 

In an independent project evaluation of our projects conducted with the communities, the evaluator shared,

The project has recognized the need for intergenerational learning and for Adivasi youth to maintain their links to the forest, land and cultural heritage. The participatory process of using people’s knowledge in all activities, followed by the project implementation is commendable. It has recognized adivasi people as “subjects” and masters of their own development and treated people as genuine partners and not beneficiaries.- Dr. V Rukmini Rao, independent project evaluator