The Resource Food sovereignty and uncultivated biodiversity in South Asia : essays on the poverty of food policy and the wealth of the social landscape, Farhad Mazhar [and others]

Food sovereignty and uncultivated biodiversity in South Asia : essays on the poverty of food policy and the wealth of the social landscape, Farhad Mazhar [and others]

Label
Food sovereignty and uncultivated biodiversity in South Asia : essays on the poverty of food policy and the wealth of the social landscape
Title
Food sovereignty and uncultivated biodiversity in South Asia
Title remainder
essays on the poverty of food policy and the wealth of the social landscape
Statement of responsibility
Farhad Mazhar [and others]
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This book is an eye-opener. It compels us to rethink what constitutes food security, women's knowledge systems, and common pool resources. It makes us see much that we would casually walk past, that we might never taste, that we cannot purchase. Flourishing in the interstices of the cultivated and the uncultivated, the public and the private, the field and the forest, are innumerable leafy greens, fruits, tubers, roots, small fish, grasses, and other forms of food life hidden from our gaze that constitute the daily diet of numerous villagers across South Asia. Based on a series of studies and practical experiments undertaken over several years by the Deccan Development Society in the drylands of Medak district in Andhra Pradesh (South India) and by UBINIG in the flood-plains of Tangail district in Bangladesh, this slim volume tells us some surprising facts about uncultivated foods. A dietary intake survey by the authors, of 50 families in 10 Bangladesh villages, for instance, found that uncultivated food provided, on average, 65% of the food weight and all of the fodder and fuel needs of very poor landless households, and 34% of the food weight and 20% of the fuel and fodder needs of better-off landed households. In other words, such plants are not just part of the coping strategy that the poor use during seasonal shortages or drought; they are part of the everyday sustenance and key sources of vitamins, minerals and proteins not just of the poor but also of the relatively well-off. In Medak district alone 79 species of uncultivated leafy greens used as food have been documented. Many plants also have medicinal properties. These uncultivated plants living as 'partner' plants alongside the cultivated ones inhabit a landscape unobserved by most researchers. They are neither 'wild' (unattended) nor 'domesticated' (tamed), but something in between community-managed. As the authors emphasize, this uncultivated biodiversity provides not just food security but food sovereignty. It gives people control over a basic need. Implicit in this volume, however, is also a much-needed warning. The biodiverse ecosystems and the local knowledge systems that sustain these food chains are threatened by the spread of 'modern' monocultural, chemically-driven agriculture and by large-scale displacements of people from their familiar environments. Among the undocumented and unmourned hidden costs of such 'development' initiatives is precisely the disappearance of knowledge about food systems based on the everyday use of local environments, especially by women. To keep these systems alive is not just the responsibility of the women and their families, nor just of the authors who have long provided these communities their dedicated support it is also the responsibility of all of us as a trust for the future."--Excerpted from Foreword
Cataloging source
DOS
Dewey number
631.5/8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
S494.5.A43
LC item number
F66 2007eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Food sovereignty and uncultivated biodiversity in South Asia : essays on the poverty of food policy and the wealth of the social landscape, Farhad Mazhar [and others]
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is Agriculture? -- Biodiversity and the Technology of Cooking -- Cultivating the Social Landscape -- Politics and Culture
Control code
ocn124172351
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (approximately 74 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9788171885589
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b24726485
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)124172351
  • pebcs1552503372

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