We bring you a talk by Shiba Desor called What is cooking in India: A look at challenges and alternatives towards responsible food systems in India from international Forum Menu for Change. The Forum took place at Impact Hub in Prague from October 21st to October 23rd, 2016.

As a ‘developing’ country, India is torn between tradition and modernization. In such a scenario, there is a diversity of serious issues like environmental degradation, farmer suicides, and hunger, being faced in India. What causes these and what are the alternatives being explored to work towards achieving nourishing and eco-friendly food systems in India?

Shiba Desor joined Kalpavriksh’s Conservation and Livelihoods team in 2011 after a Masters’ degree in Environmental Studies. Between 2011 and 2013, she was involved in advocacy and research related to governance of community forest resources and Protected Areas. During this time, she helped coordinate the Community Forest Rights Learning and Advocacy (CFR-LA) Process and the Future of Conservation Network. She edited the first and second Citizen’s report on Community forest rights and authored/ co-authored a number of policy briefs for the KV documentation center. Since 2014, she also became a part of the Alternatives team, helping document initiatives in Kachchh and Munsiari through case studies and stories for the Vikalp Sangam process. During this time, she helped organise the first Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence) at Timbaktu, Andhra Pradesh in September 2014. More recently, she is trying to slow down and also gain a deeper understanding of how humans perceive and relate to their surroundings, especially food. She likes people-watching, stories and bhakarwadi.

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