COMPENDIUM, IEEC-2023   ( ISBN : 978-81-967860-4-5 )
Theme-4: Advances in Social Management in Agriculture and Allied Sciences

Promoting Indigenous Food Systems for Improved Nutrition and Health

Alam Prashanthi and R. Geetha Reddy

Dept. of EECM, College of Community Science, PJTSAU, Hyderabad - 500004


In recent times, there has been growing interest in utilizing Indigenous food systems to enhance nutrition and health. This abstract explores into "Promoting Indigenous Food Systems for Improved Nutrition and Health," investigating their distinctive features and potential for addressing present nutritional issues. Indigenous food systems encompass a rich tapestry of traditional knowledge, practices, and dietary patterns that have evolved over generations within diverse cultural contexts. These systems emphasize locally sourced, seasonal, and ecologically sustainable foods, often comprising a wide array of plant and animal species that offer a spectrum of nutrients. The link between Indigenous food systems, nutrition, and health is multifaceted. Many Indigenous diets exhibit a balanced nutrient profile and a harmonious relationship with local ecosystems, aligning with principles of sustainable nutrition. Incorporating native plants and traditional food preparation not only provides nutrients but also preserves cultural significance, reinforcing community identity. Additionally, Indigenous food systems exhibit resilience against environmental changes, offering solutions for climate-related challenges and global food insecurity. However, despite their inherent strengths, Indigenous food systems face contemporary challenges such as cultural erosion, land degradation, and limited access to markets and resources. This abstract explores the strategies and initiatives that aim to revitalize and promote these systems, ranging from community-led initiatives to policy interventions. Collaborative efforts involving Indigenous communities, governments, academia, and civil society play a pivotal role in integrating traditional wisdom into modern nutritional discourse. Promoting Indigenous food systems goes beyond health – it acknowledges the holistic link between people, land, and culture. By reinvigorating these systems, we not only enhance physical well-being but also honour the wisdom of Indigenous ancestors and the resilience of their communities. As we face global health and environmental challenges, the revival of Indigenous food systems offers a pathway to a more nourished, equitable, and sustainable world. Keywords:

IEEC-2023 at RARI (SKNAU, Jobner), Jaipur, Rajasthan organised by Society of Extension Education, Agra, India