Analyzing Farmer Business Schools from gender and social perspectives in Meghalaya, India

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FoodSTART+ considers gender as an important component for inclusive and equitable development. Having social diversity among group members can strengthen group activities by sharing and building on different ideas and experiences. On the other hand, social diversity involves power dynamics, and careful analysis is required to understand whether and how members participated. To explore these gender and social dimensions in … Read More

FoodSTART+ holds 3rd Partners’ Meeting in Shillong

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Delegates from various states and countries visited the beautiful hills of Shillong, Meghalaya in India as the 3rd Partners’ Meeting of the Food Resilience Through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+) project was held from 4 to 7 September 2018, hosted by the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA). On the first day, the … Read More

The potential role of Farmer Business Schools in the Jhum cultivation system, the West Garo Hills, Meghalaya, India

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Garo people from West Garo Hills grow a variety of roots, tubers, and bananas as well as other vegetables and fruits for home consumption in their Jhum farms. By intercropping, each family grows as many as 40 types of such crops, creating dietary diversity, and sustaining food security. The Jhum cultivation system, known as slash and burn, or shifting, cultivation, … Read More