2006 – 2010: Our Forest, Our Right

In the end of 2006, the landmark Forest Rights Act was passed by the Indian Parliament which finally recognised the right of Adivasis to live in and conserve the forests they have called home for Millennia. Since then one of our most important tasks has been to work with the community in order to ensure that their rights under this act are secured. This work is ongoing and we have made significant inroads into creating better awareness about the provisions of the act not only among the people but also the government officials.

Also in 2006, AMS, Social Agency for Women and Development, Bhoodhan Vikas Mandal and Paschim Orissa Krishijibon Samiti came together to formally launch the Just Change India Producer Company. Just Change was based on the idea of small communities selling products to each other at a fair price. Today, it runs multiple shops and sells a variety of Adivasi products including tea, coffee, honey and more only e as well as offline. http://justchangeindia.com/

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