September is Poshan Maah or nutrition month and rural women in Godda district of Jharkhand are making changes in their approach to food by starting kitchen gardens and cooking in iron cauldrons to fight anaemia and malnutrition.
मध्य प्रदेश में सिंगरौली जिले के चटनिहा गांव में दौरे के दौरान, रामकली और मुन्नी ने बताया कि किस तरह जुताई और बारिश के कारण उनकी ज़मीनों की उर्वरकता पर बुरा असर पड़ रहा है। दौरे के बाद की गई बैठक में यही मुद्दा बुधनी, सुग्मन्ति और बिट्टी पनिका जैसे अन्य गांव वालों द्वारा भी उठाया गया।
During our transect walk through Chataniha, a village in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh, Ramkali and Munni explained how their lands were losing topsoil due to ploughing and subsequent rain. The same issue was raised by many other villagers such as Budhni, Sugmanthy and Bitty Panika in the meeting held after the walk.
The Central Indian Plateau is one of the poorest pockets in India and the Adivasi communities in this region are the most deprived in the country. A livelihoods tracking initiative has been initiated in Jharkhand and Odisha, and its report with important findings will be released next month.
Each year 9th of August is celebrated worldwide as International Day for the world’s Indigenous People. In India, we have 8.6% of the population who have been officially designated as Scheduled Tribe (ST).
The COVID-19 experience has removed any doubts about how inextricably countries, communities and societies are linked. It has also clearly highlighted that while responding to crises and providing relief during such global pandemics is critical, what is even more important is building resilient societies and communities that can weather such storms in future.