Community-led Agrobiodiversity Conservation, Management and Revival

India is known for its diverse flora and fauna comprising of a variety of crops, livestock and plant genetic resources which are being maintained and conserved by farmers, tribal, and community groups who are traditionally dependent on these resources for their livelihood and survival. Some of these valuable genetic types are however under serious threat of extinction.

Focus group discussion

Seed bank at Jawhar, Palghar district

Tuber diversity

Maize diversity

NTFP plantation through community involvement, Dhadgaon, Nandurbar district

Preparation of Jeevamrut for crop cultivation

Geographical Outreach

Community-led Agrobiodiversity conservation, management and revival of local bio-resources, in-situ and ex-situ conservation and documentation of indigenous traditional knowledge are the components of the Programme in diverse agro-climatic zones of Maharashtra covering 142 villages of 9 clusters of 9 districts (Ahmednagar, Gadchiroli, Nanded, Nandurbar, Palghar, Parbhani, Pune, Wardha and Sindhudurg).

The programme has also been introduced in Dangs and Valsad, Gujarat and Sambalpur, Odisha with the support of Bioversity International and at Champawat, Uttarakhand with the support of NABARD.

Programme Areas

1. Establishment of Community Seed Banks for conservation of indigenous crop cultivars

2. Livestock breeds and Non-timber forest species along with food security

3. Adaptability to climate change and livelihood generation with community participation

4. Indigenous knowledge, science and technology inputs and community ownership

School as Centre of Diversity and Knowledge transfer

Kitchen garden seed Production and Marketing

School-level awareness through exhibitions

Wild food festival

Programme Impact

Gene Bank at Uruli-kanchan, Pune

Satpudi – Local poultry breed of Toranmal, Nandurbar district

Mahuva Nursery

Sangamneri – Indigenous goat breed of Ahmednagar district

Gaolao – Indigenous milch breed of Wardha district