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Opportunities @ Millet Programme in Odisha

We believe that there is an urgent need to revive native food systems of adivasi communities. Millets are one of those foods which played an important role in food security and cultural heritage of adivasi communities.
One of our initiative, reviving millets in tribal areas of odisha is now grounded this kharif. Core objective of this programme is to increase consumption of millets in adivasi households in 7 district of odisha. Along with consumption, this programme works on increasing productivity, reducing drudgery through processing and enhancing market linkages for better price realisation. This revival of food cultures is integral to strengthen the communitarian roots of the adivasi communities.
We are looking for dynamic young individuals who are interested to work with us on the millet programme. We need people who can support our state unit and also work as district coordinator. We are looking for people with 2-3 years of experience (preferably millets) of working on the field with excellent writing and communication skills. Candidates with project management skills, MIS and M & E skills would be preferred. Candidates will have to travel extensively in the dandakaranya belt.
More than qualifications , candidates with deep desire to work in dandakaranya are most welcome and encouraged to apply. 
 If you are such a person who is interested in working on these challenging projects in adivasi areas of odisha for 2-3 years, Interested candidates are requested to mail your resume to with a copy marked to
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Dinesh Balam

Opportunity with Wassan in Odisha

We believe that natural food systems and integrated farming practices of adivasi farmers  especially in rainfed tracts are in danger. Their traditional food systems and cultural practices closely associated with crops are slowly disappearing. 


These changes are having profound effect , in most cases , not a good one. Adivasi farmers are also becoming vulnerable to vagaries of nature such as extended dry spells , changing climatic conditions , etc. For ex Millets which used to be part of farms and plates are fast disappearing due to procurement policy which is biased in favor of rice. 


Also clearly evident is relation between increasing malnutrition and fast changing crop systems.  Traditional policy paradigm has failed to solve these issues. To say our agriculture is in crisis is an understatement. Need of the hour is to focus on the scalable , sustainable localized solutions. We need a combination of traditional wisdom with modern approach. 


Two programmes (Reviving of Millets and Integrated Farming) are product of such thinking and sustained efforts of more than half a decade.Finally Odisha Govt has agreed to pilot these two innovative ideas. These are entirely new ideas in the agricultural policy making. Much will depend on how successful these programmes will be. In these situations,  we don’t need job seekers,  we need people who see the value in these ideas and fired by their potential. 


If you are such a person who is interested in working on these challenging projects in adivasi areas of odisha for 2-3 years, Please mail your resume to Please share this among your networks.



Solar energy is transforming the lives of people around the world who live without access to electricity. But what happens to the solar revolution when technology breaks down? The Solar Fix is a short film that follows the afterlives of solar technology across three villages in the Indian state of Odisha. Access to solar repair services and spare parts is the hidden challenge facing customers and small businesses across South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.The film was made to support Urjaa Samadhan, a social enterprise that connects last mile solar repair and maintenance services in rural India.

PRODUCED BY –  Jamie Cross

FUNDED BY  – The University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science with technical and logistical support from Scene.

STORYBOARD AND TREATMENT BY – Felix Varghese and Goutham Varrier – [APU Alumni M A Dev 2011-13]


A Real Man!

Originally posted @

Arjun* is a community health worker who has been working in a remote, hilly region in the state of Odisha, India, for the past 10 years. This region is primarily inhabited by indigenous communities, known as Adivasis, and has had relatively poorer health outcomes until the past decade, when the Government of India introduced several health system reforms to strengthen public health service delivery.

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Arjun is addressing the tribal women during the ‘Village Health and Nutrition Day’ (a monthly outreach clinic) and demonstrating how to protect children from diarrhea, one of the most common diseases among children in the region and a leading cause of child mortality. Women are paying rapt attention as they listen to his messages. Arjun defies gender stereotypes through his sheer commitment to a profession which is otherwise dominated by women. His sincerity and dedication to the cause of improving the health of the community not only has earned the respect and trust of the village women but also the ‘Best Health Worker’ award from the government in recognition of his efforts.

The photograph was clicked by the first author as part of a study aiming to understand maternal and child health practices among an indigenous community in this region. The study involved, apart from interviewing the women, observations of outreach clinics and accompanying the health workers in their everyday work. Community health workers play an important role as an interface between the community and the health system. Women’s access to routine maternal health services, including antenatal care, family planning, and immunization, has reasonably increased with the regular holding of the outreach clinics in the village, although accessing emergency obstetric services continues to be a concern. For many of these Adivasi women, the outreach clinics and interactions with health workers provide a forum for systematic engagement with biomedicine and the state. The study was conducted from September, 2015 to January 2016 and was jointly supervised by the second and third authors.

Aswini Kumar Behera
Coordinator, Health and Nutrition Project Gram Vikas
Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India

Arima Mishra
Faculty, Azim Premji University
Bangalore, India

Sreeparna Chattopadhyay
Azim Premji University
Bangalore, India