Gram Sabhas evolve culturally and ecologically appropriate life plans that support diverse and resilient local food systems to foster communities’ resilience to respond to climate change and build food sovereignty.
Adivasi community activists identified traditional lifecycles as an indigenous framework and methodological approach to map the relationship of the community with their resources (forests, land, water, crops, food, festivals, animals, etc), understand climate change impacts, and map community responses to such changes. The lifecycles are used to generate community discussions in the Gram Sabha on the challenges to being food sovereign at village and territory levels. It has also facilitated sharing of knowledge and ideas across communities and territories.
Through these conversations communities have organized and made collective decisions to build bio-cultural resilience: restoring shifting cultivation food farming cycles,strengthening community seed exchange and community seeds banks, growing diverse food crops, conserving indigenous animal and poultry breeds, reviving festivals and celebrations that are linked to agriculture and forests, and evolving life-plans for Food Sovereignty.
Yakshi facilitates networking between adivasi, dalit, pastoralist and peasant communities towards strengthening Food Sovereignty