Forests as Source of Food in Rural India : III

Around half of the households in rural India consume vegetables from free collection, while approximately one-fourth consume meats and fruits obtained from free collection with forests as the important component. Yet, forests’ contribution to food and dietary diversity is undermined. Dietary diversity refers to the variety in food consumed; i.e. the number of food or food groups consumed by an individual or a household The abundance of leafy vegetables, wild fruits, vegetables, etc. in the forests may assist in enhancing the variety of food consumed, thus, contributing positively towards dietary needs. Hence, in addition to contributing to food security (that was discussed in previous parts), free collection from forests and other sources also supports and enhances nutrition security.

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