Kalahandi’s Kutia Kondhs: Subsistence a struggle for this tribe of nature worshippers -Ravi Shankar Behera
-Down to Earth
Despite living in abject poverty and depending on natural resources for survival, the Kondhs do not use wood from the forests for fuel and also prevent illegal tree
The Kutia Kondhs are a particularly vulnerable tribal groups in Kalahandi district, Odisha. They live in Lanjigarh, Thuamul Rampur, Madanpur Rampur and Bhawanipatna blocks.
The Kondhs worship nature like many other tribal groups in the country. Members of the community take turns to protect forests and wildlife that surround their houses.
Despite living in abject poverty and depending on natural resources for survival, the Kondhs do not use wood from the forests for fuel and also prevent illegal tree.
In Lanjigarh, where over 90 per cent residents are Kondhs, every sixth household experiences severe food insecurity and hunger.
Apart from hunger, the tribe faces several other development challenges such as illiteracy; lack of access to basic services like schools, health, nutrition, employment, land ownership; low agricultural production, lack of institutional credit and access to non-timber forest produce (NTFP).
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Down to Earth, 22 February, 2021, https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/governance/kalahandi-s-kutia-kondhs-subsistence-a-struggle-for-this-tribe-of-nature-worshippers-75616?fbclid=IwAR3KqzrRDDmNSILGh2iOyJzVB3V5lfVppUrcCR2D48NaYSjRD7Kl3LXFLpo