Unlocking the value potential of NTFP (supported by Ford Foundation) with timeline of three years (December 2015- November 2018), has its main aim of the project is to unlock value potential and to add value to the existing rearers in the NTFP commodity chain. Supported by Ford Foundation, Dr. Ishita Dey from the Centre of Development Practice is anchoring the project along with two research associates – Vinisha Singh Basnet and Arunima Mishra. The project budget is Rs.2.4 crores. The timeline of the project is December 2015 to November 2018. The main aim of the project is to unlock the value potential and to add value to the existing rearers in the NTFP commodity chain. To map the value potential of Lac and Tasar, we are involved in field based studies with research teams in Orissa, Chhattisgarh so as to understand the constitutive relation between human, tree and insect. The life of the insect and its impact on forest ecologies needs to be studied in detail so as to assess to what extent we should engage in unlocking the value-potential to prevent long term ecological degradation of forest or systematic extinction of certain strains of insects. The case studies on Lac and Tasar production revealed that there have been several shifts in the choice of host plants or seasonal life-cycle. In the next phase of the study we will be studying the linkages between local and global markets. We have created a working group of researchers across disciplines (Forestry, Botany, Anthropology, Sociology etc) who are working as a research collective.

Details of the project on https://interspecies.in/