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Published on Sep 14, 2010
Wayanad district is part of the Western Ghats region of India, a mountain range located along India's west coast. The Western Ghats is a biodiversity hotspot characterized by high species richness on the one hand, but high rates of species losses on the other.
The majority of people here are small to marginal scale farmers who maintain a variety of plants in their home gardens.
The biodiversity in this area has been conserved through the conscious selection made by farmers over many generations.
People have been practicing agro-forestry or similar land-use systems for thousands of years.
In this video, accompanied by the village chief, we visit Churuli Village, Wayanad District where people practice traditional agriculture such as home garden and live from the bounties of the forest, and find out from the expert of Kerala University of Agriculture on the changes in recent years.Amidst such changes, we also present some modern efforts taken by farmers in the surrounding area.