Webinar on Covid-19 Response by TRIFED | 10 Apr 2020

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Recently, the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) organized a Webinar in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Key Points

  • The webinar was organised for Virtual training of TRIFED Trainers and Self Help Groups (SHGs) on basic orientation on Covid-19 response and key preventive measures to ensure that tribal gatherers carry on their work safely.
    • To create awareness among the community about social distancing and steps to be followed.
    • Do’s and Don’ts Advisories during collection of Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP).
    • To provide suggestive practices for maintaining personal hygiene, adopting cashless practices, etc.
    • To reach more than 18,000 participants and cover tribal regions across all the 27 States.
  • The collaboration helped in developing a digital communication strategy for promoting a digital campaign and highlighting the importance of Social Distancing.
  • Certain proactive measures need to be initiated to ensure the wellbeing of the tribals and their economy by providing them safety and ensuring their livelihoods.
    • It becomes important because it is the peak season for collection and harvest of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) and NTFP in many regions.
    • MFP includes all non-timber forest produce of plant origin and includes bamboo, canes, fodder, leaves, gums, waxes, dyes, resins and many forms of food including nuts, wild fruits, honey, lac, tusser etc.
    • It provides both subsistence and cash income for people who live in or near forests. They form a major portion of their food, fruits, medicines and other consumption items and also provide cash income through sales.
  • Other Measures:
    • UNICEF is providing the necessary support to the SHG Centers in the form of Digital Multimedia content, Webinars for Virtual training, Social Media campaigns and Vanya Radio.
    • TRIFED has also reached out to the Art of Living Foundation’s #iStandWithHumanity Initiative to include a Stand With Tribal Families component which will provide food and ration for survival of the tribal community.
    • Promotion of 15,000 SHGs as Van Dhan Social Distancing Awareness cum Livelihood Centers’ through a digital training program. Over 3.6 lakh tribal gatherers will be involved in the scheme.
      • A total of 1205 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (VDVKs) have been sanctioned in 27 States and 1 Union territory involving around 18,075 Van Dhan Self Help Groups.

Source: PIB