Making alternative Indigenous food markets mainstream

Indigenous women from southern India remove wax from honeycomb frames. Photo: Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Limited
Farmers work in the Aadhimalai fields within the Niligri Biosphere Reserve. Photo: Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Limited
Vanaja is a producer and joint-owner at the Bangalapadi Aadhimalai Centre. Photo: Shrishti Institute of Art and Design

“Aadhimalai is a company for the tribal people here,” says Vanaja, a producer at Bangalapadi Aadhimalai Centre. “We’re all joint owners. Aadhimalai is ours.”

Producers deseed the amla fruit (left), while another packages refined honey in jars (right). Photos: Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Limited
Farmers harvest millet within one of the ‘manipulation zones’. Photo: Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Limited
Sumithra (left) works at one of the production centres, along with several other women (right) who make up an almost entirely female organization. Photos: Shrishti Institute of Art and Design and Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Limited
A farmer works in the fields of the Niligri Biosphere Reserve. Photo: Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Limited

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