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Title: Gendered knowledge and changing trends in utilization of wild edible greens in Western Ghats, India
Authors: Narayanan, M K Ratheesh
Kumar, N Anil
Keywords: Wild edible greens
Traditional knowledge
Nutritional security
Biodiversity conservation
Western Ghats
Paniyar tribe
Kattunaikkar tribe
Kurumar tribe
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.⁸: A61K36/00, A01G1/00, A01G17/00, A47G19/00, A23L1/00, A23L1/06, A23L2/02
Abstract: The paper describes the differences and trends in the use and management of wild edible greens within and between households pertaining to three ethnic and one migrant community in Wayanad district, an agro-biodiversity hot spot in southern Western Ghats. A total of 366 people were interviewed and 20 key informants were selected from each community to examine multiple uses, preferences, marketing and local availability of edible wild greens, where 102 species were recorded. The paper discusses how gender, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status affect wild green management and household nutritional security. Women are more skillful in managing the surrounding landscape and are main knowledge holders and conservationists. The implications of land use changes, agrochemicals, restrictions on forest access and alien species invasion on the availability of wild greens are highlighted. It was found that women are taking effective steps to sustainably manage landscapes and species that provide edible greens, but changing trends in gender relations inhibit their efforts; alien species invasion and modern agri-practices lead to local extinction of many greens, and the erosion of traditional knowledge especially among youth due to materialistic life style affects the sustainable use of many wild greens.
Page(s): 204-216
ISSN: 0972-5938
Source:IJTK Vol.06(1) [January 2007]

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