Traditional food systems prevent malnutrition (report)

Exploring the Potential of Diversified Traditional Food Systems to Contribute to a Healthy Diet

This report authored by members of the Food Sovereignty Alliance India along with the Catholic Health Association of India is an in-depth analysis of the traditional diets of marginal farmers, landless and agro-pastoralists.

The enquiry provided clear evidence of the following:

  • Marginal farming communities continue to be a rich repository of knowledge, resilient food systems, biodiversity and agro-ecology.
  • Their food systems are nutritionally diverse and rich in nutrients.
  • These traditional food systems have been eroded over time.
  • Land, water and forest rights are seriously under threat.
  • Lived experience and knowledge is an integral part of lives and livelihoods and socio-ecological resilience.