Enhancing Livelihood of Himalayan Community through action research and converting Wild Produces into High Value Products (HVP)
Himalayas may be rugged and majestic, but also have fragile environments that are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Several such changes had deeply affected the agricultural practices among the local communities. Deterioration in traditional mountain food systems with a decline in agro-biodiversity has made the community more sensitive to environmental degradation. Sustainable livelihood is the biggest challenge for Himalayan communities at present. This region has faced numerous disasters due to climate change. Where at one end the agriculture of Uttarakhand is struggling and coping with climatic changes, wild edibles have emerged as sustainable options available that can provide communities leeway to sustain their livelihoods. Being wild, these edibles from common land have shown great characteristics and resistance to the adverse changes in erratic behavior of the climate.
Generating awareness among the localities regarding the importance of wild varieties of forests is extremely essential for the sustainability and security of the residing species in Himalayan range. Underutilized plant species (wild edible produce) have local and regional importance, but generally lack national recognition and appreciation. According to the study it has been found that they have much more nutritional value than cultivated ones as well as have more resistance towards climate change. Out of numerous wild edible species of Himalayas, 18 wild produces were selected on the basis of their availability and ethno-botanical properties. By promoting and transforming the lesser known wild berries nuts and fruits into marketable high value products, we expect to create a highly resistant link between Himalayan community and the wild produces which will going to benefit both the consumers as well as Himalayan community.
Enhancing livelihood of mountain communities through sustainable use and transformation of wild produce into high value products.
- Research and development of at least 18 high value products from selected wild nuts, berries and fruits
- 4000 beneficiaries of 54 villages linked with women cooperative and incorporate these developed products in their business plan.
- 1 Handbook developed which containing all minute information about 18 wild produce includes, fruits, berries and nuts based on action research and interventions.
- Protection of endangered wild species through promotion and adaptation of propagation techniques for several rare species.
3 years (2016-2019)
- To undertake action research base intervention and convert low value wild produce into high value products.
- To use traditional knowledge and promote high value products thereby benefiting both rural communities specially women and consumers
- To establish successful community model that is replicable and promote sustainable use of natural and wild products of Himalayan region against climate change.
Major area of intervention is the two districts of Uttarakhand, therefore major beneficiaries belonging to 55 selected villages of 4 blocks of Chamoli district (Joshimath, Ghat, Pohkri & Karanprayag Block) and one block of Rudraprayag district (Ukhimath Block) of Uttarakhand. As this vision is supported by NMHS & UCOST, technical innovation and research analysis will be the major area of intervention.
Approx 4000 rural households of 54 villages Chamoli and Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand will be the primary beneficiaries, who will be directly benefitted with the quality and innovative scientific research proposed in the concept.
Mrs. Meenakshi Garg Prasad, Senior Program Manager (livelihood and enterprise)
Ms. Hema Kashyap, Food Technologist
Mr. Atul Simalti, Manage, Market Development
Ms Diksha Pundir, Manager- Information System
Mr. Naveen Kandwal, Senior Project Fellow
- (NMHS) Ministry of Environment ,Forest & Climate Change (MOEF&CC) Government of India
- Uttarakhand State Council of Science and Technology (UCOST), Department of Science & Technology (Government of Uttarakhand)
- Nodal and Serving hub with G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development
- HARC Alaknanda Krishi Vyawsaya Bahuddesiya Swayatt Sehkarita