This year saw the merging of two of our programme areas – the Livelihoods programme and the Environmental Governance Programme. This merger situates livelihoods within the larger ambit of environmental governance and strengthens the focus on rights of indigenous people to livelihood resources. The combined programme area will continue to work towards strengthening livelihoods based on the natural resource base, in particular while developing appropriate non farm livelihoods as well, while strengthening spaces for indigenous people in decision making.
The other major change in our strategy this year has been our attempt to de link area teams from particular programme areas. This enables area teams to function with a focus on area development and address cross cutting issues between livelihoods, conservation, culture and enterprise.
- 30 Organic Farmers Travel to Wayanad for an Exposure Visit
2 September 2016, Manathavady: Keystone organised an exposure visit for a group of 30 organic farmers and 5 members of Keystone’s Livelihoods team to Thrissilery village in Wayanad on 29th and 30th August. These 30 organic farmers from Hasanur, Aracode, Konnavakkarai, Pillur, and Sigur are also part of different PGS (Participatory ... Read more ...
- Wild Foods Festival held at Keystone
13 January 2017, Kotagiri: The Wild Foods Festival was held at the Keystone campus on Monday where indigenous people from seven areas in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve gathered to celebrate their culinary heritage and Terra Madre Day. Terra Madre Day is celebrated on December 10th every year, but this year ... Read more ...
- Attempt to make Farming and Beekeeping go hand in hand
Apiculture was reintroduced as a major programme after the programme restructuring had taken place earlier this year. We decided to offer more trainings on apiculture to students, tribal and non- tribal farmers and others to help them understand the importance of bees and educate farmers to integrate bees into their ... Read more ...