Agrobiodiversity (ABD) Walks with the youths

NESFAS
Published: 17 May 2022
Last edited: 17 May 2022
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Summary

Agrobiodiversity (ABD) Walks are one of the fundamental tools implemented in our organization. They help in intergenerational knowledge exchange and, at the same time, raise awareness about the diversity of local food plants and the richness of Mother Earth. ABD Walks are targeted particularly at young age groups and take place in the different local food production systems. In these walks, youths are guided by knowledge holders and are introduced to various food plants, wild edibles and medicinal plants. This knowledge is passed down from generation to generation. 

During this activity, local food plants are documented among youths, which leads to increased appreciation of the rich local biodiversity. Apart from getting involved in school activities and getting detached from nature, youths have become more confident in their knowledge of their local landscape and agrobiodiversity.

Classifications

Region
South Asia
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Agro-ecosystem
Agroforestry
Theme
Access and benefit sharing
Biodiversity mainstreaming
Indigenous people
Local actors
Outreach & communications
Restoration
Species management
Traditional knowledge
One Health
Food systems
Challenges
Health

Location

Meghalaya, India

Challenges

  1. One major challenge that the solution addresses is to revive and preserve the food plants on the verge of extinction.
  2. Decreased knowledge of local agrobiodiversity, decreased transmission of local knowledge. 
  3. Decreased consumption of wild food plants and local crop varieties among community members, children, youth and even urban population.

Beneficiaries

  • Young children

  • Local knowledge holders

  • Community members

How do the building blocks interact?

  1. Local knowledge on foods documented.
  2. Local knowledge transform into digital media.
  3. Mapping of areas with rich biodiversity.
  4. Collecting and compiling of data regarding information on local biodiversity.

Impacts

  1. ABD Walks have helped youths of the community to learn and appreciate the rich biodiversity and the importance of protecting Mother Nature and its richness.

  2. There has been an increased consumption of wild edibles among youths.

  3. Domestication of underutilized wild food plants helped prevent them from becoming extinct. 

  4. There is a learning and sharing of traditional knowledge amongst elders and youths.

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Bajanai Diengdoh North East Slow Food & Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS)

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