Venus Upadhayaya

Venus Upadhayaya

Venus Upadhayaya is passionate about democracy and politics in south Asia but reports on a wide range of topics. She has travelled to remote regions of India as a development worker and community media facilitator and is a strong believer in participatory approaches to grassroots governance and development.

Living Farms, an NGO that works with tribal villages in the eastern state of Odisha, has documented 357 forest foods harvested by tribes in the region. Nutrition experts under NIN studied 63 of them and found them to be high in micronutrients. 

“When forests are cut, you are not only displacing unskilled, unorganized, rural people, you are actually displacing highly wise, knowledgeable people,”