Promoting Local Health Traditions and Health Foods for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

TitlePromoting Local Health Traditions and Health Foods for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsKumar AN, King IOliver ED, Sivan VV, Parida PKumar, Lenka KCharan, Shakeela V, Joseph J, BHAVANI RV, Jayashree B
Secondary TitleWorld Environment Day - Beyond COVID-19:
NumberMSSRF / 2020 / WP / 14
Date Published06/2020
PublisherM. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation
Place PublishedChennai
Type of WorkWorking Paper
Publication LanguageEnglish

M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

Other NumbersMSSRF / 2020 / WP / 14
KeywordsHealth Foods, Health Tradition, Impacat of COVID-19, World Environment Day

The severity of the impact of COVID-19 on human health security is huge and expected to continue for a few more years in many parts of the world. A major reason for emergence of new viruses and diseases is destruction of forests and loss of biodiversity. This paper examines the criticality of Local Health Traditions (LHTs) and environmental health to boost immunity and conservation of biodiversity. The need for revitalization of the age-old healthcare practices and homestead-level conservation of biodiversity for a post-COVID India is discussed. As case points, MSSRF interventions and their impact in promoting conservation, cultivation, consumption and community-centric commerce of biodiversity in three biocultural diversity hotspots of India are described. A set of ten recommendations is given to address some of the policy gaps in promoting the LHTs and conservation of biodiversity in homesteads. The recommendations can help in effective implementation of the objectives of National Nutrition Mission, POSHAN Abhiyaan, National Health Policy (2017), National Health Mission, and the National Biodiversity Act (2002). These recommendations, we hope, willbenefit translation of present policies and initiatives into effective practices to protectlocal health and biodiversity heritage of India and strengthen primary healthcare support services.

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