TRAFFICKING ANIMALS
Pangolin poaching rises amidst pandemic

Repeated lockdowns and curfews have been a golden opportunity for wildlife traffickers targeting termite-eating pangolins in Simlipal National Park and adjacent districts.

#Wildlife #Environment
NUTRITION GARDENS
Local fields of health and livelihood

Odisha's Livelihood Mission promotes local gardens to help adivasis find food security. These also improve nutrition levels, and provide additional income from surplus produce.

#Adivasis #Child Health #Food Security #Livelihoods #Women's Health #Health
FARMING DISTRESS
Lockdown, cyclones and maize farming

Repeated natural disasters, closed mandis and a forced halt to transportation of produce have brought maize farmes in Nabarangpur and other districts to the brink of distress.

#Agribusiness #Livelihoods #Agriculture
LEARNING ONLINE
Dual lesson plans can bridge the digital divide

A pilot program shows how learning can continue despite the lockdown, and also how the gap in technology-assisted learning available to children in government schools can be closed.

#Curricula #Education #KARNATAKA
COVID IMPACT
Pandemic compounds Adivasis' long misery

Scheduled Tribes were marginalised even before Covid-19. Now, in Odisha's tribal districts, they face a worse reality. Livelihoods are vanishing, and health risks loom large.

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #Public Health #Poverty
RURAL LIVELIHOODS
Falling prices hit turmeric farmers hard

As Covid-19 rages through the rural areas, hundreds of thousands of tribal farmers in Odisha's Kandhamal district are selling their turmeric harvest at half the usual market rate. 

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #Agriculture
CAG AUDIT IN ODISHA
Waiting for compliance patiently
CAG AUDIT IN ODISHA : Waiting for compliance patiently

Himanshu Upadhyaya examines a CAG audit report to point out the blatant non-compliance of environmental laws largely by the Forest officials.

#Environment
MAHANADI WATER DISPUTE
Setback for optimal river basin planning
MAHANADI WATER DISPUTE : Setback for optimal river basin planning

Shripad Dharmadhikary explains why setting up a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi Water Dispute will not help the people or the river.

#Environment #CHHATISGARH
BAUXITE IN BAPHLIMALI
In Odisha, more tribal voices against mining

The Kashipur movement against mining operations that threaten local livelihoods and ecosystems has seen merciless suppression and gross violation of human rights.

#Mining #Environment #Human Rights
TRIBAL SUB PLAN
Diversion of funds mars tribal welfare plans

Despite numerous development plans and programs, the tribals of our nation remain the most marginalised group. Abhijit Mohanty examines the Tribal Sub Plan funds and what's happening with them

#Adivasis #Caste #Government
MAGIC OF WADI
Wadi: A model for sustainable tribal livelihood

Amongst the various models for sustainable livelihoods being tried and tested in the tribal areas of India, the Wadi model in Odisha's Koraput district has shown a lot of promise.

#Adivasis #Food Security #Agriculture
FOREST PATROL
Saving forests: Women sentinels of Gunduribadi

The women of Gunduribadi go out daily for thengapalli or forest patrolling. They are also members of their Forest Protection Committee which decides how to manage the forest and its resources. 

#Adivasis #Forests #Women
TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT
Reversing fate through love for land, forests and water

Abhijit Mohanty brings us the story of certain tribal villages in Koraput district of southern Odisha that have successfully overcome the challenges posed by denudation and inadequate irrigation and have etched out a path towards food security and well-being.

#Adivasis #Forests #Agriculture
COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
When women unite
COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT : When women unite

A meticulous initiative by an NGO in remote tribal districts of Odisha has brought women from the local communities together, enabling them to wrest their rights and entitlements under laws such as the FRA and MGNREGA. Abhijit Mohanty writes on the project.

#Forests #Land #Laws #Women
DEVELOPMENT & DISPLACEMENT
Three villages that show why land acquisition needs a rethink

Three million forest dwellers in Odisha are estimated to have been displaced since independence by various industrial and hydro-projects, among which the Upper Indiravati Hydro Project is one. Abhijit Mohanty brings us the story of three tribal settlements uprooted by it.

#Displacement #Land #Poverty
  • Population : 46.3 m (2019 est)
  • Area : 155,707 sq.km.
  • Density : 298/sq. km.
  • Sex Ratio : 979 (2011)
  • Child Sex Ratio : 941 (2011)
  • Literacy : 77.30% (2020)
  • Forest Cover : 33.15% (2019)
  • Lok Sabha MPs : 21
  • Rajya Sabha MPs : 10
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