In this guest post, the President and Co-Founder of the Livelihoods Venture Bernard Giraud describes how restoring forests with the Adivasi tribes in India has helped tackle issues from poverty to poor nutrition.
The Adivasi people, living in the Araku Valley in Eastern India, are considered some of the most disadvantaged in the country. Once a community that lived off the forests, the erosion and degradation of the land during the British settlements left them in poverty and with few land rights. The marginalized area – with an altitude of 1200m and average annual rainfall of 1300mm – was characterized by low women’s literacy rates, high infant and maternal mortality, and low agricultural productivity. Continue reading