Adivasi Food Cultures & Agriculture
Adivasi farmers also form a significant part of “invisible” and uncounted Farmers in India. Forest-gathering is as much a part of their lives as cultivation of crops, including Podu Cultivation. The food cultures of adivasi communities are particularly important in that they include Forests as Food Producing Habitats. Here, nutritiously rich uncultivated foods of various kinds like tubers, fruits, greens, mushrooms etc., are part of the food culture. However, this is a much neglected area of discourse and practice related to nutrition security. ASHA has made efforts to bring into the discourse at least, about the Forest-Podu-Lowland Farms-Culture-Community continuum that exists in adivasi food cultures.