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Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR) in India - Brochure

Lok Chetna Manch

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SIFOR in India

The SIFOR programme in India is being implemented by Lok Chetna Manch (LCM) based in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand, India.

The SIFOR programme has two sites in India; Central Himalaya and the Eastern Himalaya. In Eastern Himalaya, work continues from an IIED supported earlier programme “Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge: Implications of customary laws and practices” on developing biocultural protocols for ABS (Access and Benefit Sharing) and community-specific mechanisms for protecting genetic resources and associated community knowledge, innovations and practices. In all, 10 village communities are participating in the programme spread over the two regions.

In the Central Himalaya these villages are primarily inhabited by traditional agrarian communities and located in Talla Sari area of Ramana Nyaya Panchayat of Hawalbagh block in District Almora, Uttarakhand.

In the Eastern Himalaya work is going on mainly with the Lepcha and Limbu ethnic communities in a total of five villages lying in Kalimpong subdivision of West Bengal and in the bordering areas of the state of Sikkim.

Keyword: Biocultural heritage

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