- Traditional varieties of Rice, Climate change and food security!
Akshat Mohatsav – was a unique Rice heritage exhibition held at Ahmedabad on 16-17th April, 2016. This unique rice heritage exhibition showcased 1800 varieties of traditional rice varieties from 11 states ( Sikkim, Assam, Jharkhand, West Bengal, MadhyaPradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala) of India.
One may think, why was there a need to have an exhibition on rice?
Rice is the most important crop to millions of small farmers and farm labourers who grow it on millions of hectares throughout India and derive income from working on these farms. In order to tackle the increasing population, decreasing land under cultivation and climatic changes, it is imperative that rice production grow at least as rapidly as the population growth.
This unique rice exhibition by exhibiting 1800 varieties of rice and sale of 40 different varieties collected through various states of India sought to share and collectively celebrate and conserve our precious bio-cultural heritage with people from various walks of life. It was an effort to show our reverence to farmers and conservationists who are working to preserve our fast disappearing heritage.
Dr Debal Deb an eminent ecologist and Rice conservationist (a Fulbright scholar having post-doctoral ecology work at the University of California at Berkeley) was the key note speaker at this occasion who spoke on the importance of our traditional varieties of crops to tackle climate change.
I was privileged to be a team member contributing my skills and ideas at this unique exhibition held in India. Here is an article based on the talk of Dr Deb at this occasion.
More information on this article here.
2. Why do birds matter?
On October 11, 2015 there was a wall painting event of birds at Randarda lake, Rajkot by various artists organised by Smart city Trust. Various locally spotted birds were painted on walls.
In an attempt to spread the awareness of birds, Ms Chinmai Hemani, (a Climate change professional) has tried to create a small pocket sized booklet titled “Why do birds matter?” under creative commons – Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA. It is open source thus if you are a bird enthusiast and know many more birds then mentioned here, please feel free to contact and help add to this resource and improvise.
The booklet is freely downloadable. One can freely remix, tweak, and build upon this work non-commercially, as long as you credit the author and license your new creations under the identical terms mentioned above.
Why do birds matter? by Ms. Chinmai Hemani is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.