As part of our Project, we promote consumption of traditionally grown millet which has always been a major component in the diets of the communities we have been working with. With the growing influence of chemical intensive agriculture and commercial plantations like eucalyptus and cotton, the land used for growing food crops are being being replaced with commercial crops making these communities switch from safe and diverse foods to foods sold in the market which are often sprayed with pesticides.
However, encouraging the community to give up commercial crops is not a linear process and there are multiple structural factors that force and influence them to opt for such an unsustainable agriculture which affects their diets and food systems. It is particularly difficult to convince young farmers of the community the importance and sustainability of traditional mixed cropping without pesticides when some of them have not even tasted the kind of millet, grains and foods their ancestors use to grow. The Recipe Demonstration Workshop is a way to bring in foods that were grown previously in large quantity by the community while also focusing on the taste of these foods by making different recipes. Eating together these delicious millet recipes allows a discussion between generations and encourages them to grow crops for consumption and not just for trade. Through these recipe demonstrations we aim at encouraging ecologically sensitive mix cropping methods that are culturally appropriate and offer diverse foods to the community.
Here is one of our Recipe Demonstration workshop video compilation in Jagdalpur Gram Panchayat, Muniguda Block- facilitated by our Block Co-ordinator Pramila Sahu and her Gram Panchayat facilitators. The Aaganwadi Worker also joins these sessions as shown in the video to connect making of these recipes with her efforts to increase the nutritional status of the community!
Some of the recipes made were –
Fox-tail millet kheer (Sweet porridge)
Little Millet Upma
Barnyard millet Upma,
Ragi Dosa and Ragi pakodas!
Hope you enjoy our video as much as they enjoyed the food 🙂