Valuing underutilised crops – June 2016 – Issue 18.2


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It is heartening to know that there is increasing recognition worldwide for family farming and nutritional crops like pulses and millets (UN declarations such as International Year of Family Farming -2014; International Year of Pulses -2016). However, it is deeply disturbing with country facing unprecedented heat waves, droughts and farmer’s miseries.

Diversity is the key for coping with climate change, for sustaining livelihoods and planet ecology. There is lot more to be understood about cultures, their options and resilience. This issue focusing on the theme of valuing underutilised crops brings out the role of local food crops, particularly in addressing the issues of food security and climate change. Thanks to enthusiastic practitioners for sharing their experiences. LEISA India has been always focusing on sharing alternatives. We remain indebted to all those who have been sharing positive experiences and creating a hope for a better future.


Pulse Panchayat – Achieving self sufficiency in pulse production
R S Shanthakumar Hopper and K Thachinamurthy

Uncultivated foods – The hidden treasure
Anushman Das

Climate smart crops
Abhijit Mohanty and Sumani Jhodia

Interview: Mariam Mayet
Traditional crops … the basis of our food and farming systems
Diana Quiroz and Madeleine Florin

Enhancing crop diversity leads to farm resilience
EDI Oliver King, S Abubaker Siddick, Girigan Gopi and Nat Kav

Yam on terrace walls
Bhawana Ghimire, Rajeev Dhakal, Roshan Pudasaini, Rachana Devkota and Pashupati Chaudhary

Valuing un-cultivated foods
Debjeet Sarangi

Hidden harvests
Chandrashekara U M and Reshma P K

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Past for the present
Prakriti Mukerjee, Ajay Rastogi and Reetu Sogani

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