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From ‘Slash and Burn’ to Sustainability

Atula, a woman farmer and her family from the north-eastern state of Nagaland has been practicing jhum, a form of subsistence, slash and burn farming for generations. But jhum is no longer sustainable in the face of rapid rates of land degradation and population pressures in India. However, a joint programme between UNDP and Nagaland government introducing subsistence farmers to new kinds of sustainable land management practices has helped Atula grow healthier crops and earn a steady income to better support her three children. [Photo: Zubeni Lotha/UNDP India]

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Taken on September 1, 2012