Collaboration between SRISTI and the Ministry of WCD, GoI

Last year, the Food Festival SATTVIK was organized by SRISTI and its sister institutions viz. GIAN and NIF, at the AES Ground, Ahmedabad, from 24th to 26th December 2016. SRISTI had the privilege to partner with the Ministry of Women and Child Development (Ministry of WCD), Government of India, which had generously sponsored 50 stalls to women from across the country, to facilitate their participation in the SATTVIK-14, at Ahmedabad. The experience, as well as sale, of their products was extremely encouraging and gratifying. It helped the participating women in creating, and also establishing brand of their products within a span of 3 days, as they catered to about 1,00,000 foot falls.
We are please to announce the continuation of this collaboration for the 15th Sattvik Food Festival, 2017.  The Ministry will be sponsoring 50 Food Stalls of Women in the 15th Traditional Food Festival SATTVIK-15
SATTVIK highlights diversity in cultures and tastes. SATTVIK was first organized in 2003 by SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) in collaboration with GIAN (Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network), NIF (National Innovation Foundation), and IIMA (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad) to stimulate demand for local crops and their varieties especially from dry regions so as to generate market-based incentives for their conservation. The event is held every year usually during 3rd week of December.
The broad objectives of this collaboration is Sattvik are to:

  • Provide a platform for popularizing traditional recipes made from lesser-known crop varieties like Kodra (Paspalum scrobiculatum), Bavta (Eleusine coracana), Ragi (Nagli), Samo (Echinocloa colonum), Jowar (Sorghum vulgare), Bajra (millet) and Makka (Zea mays) etc.;
  • Help in conserving and popularizing such lesser-known varieties;
  •  Popularize the use of uncultivated vegetables which are not consumed due to ignorance about their nutritional value; and, prepare and serve varieties of delicious dishes from such unnoticed crops;
  • Exhibit creativity and innovation of traditional knowledge holders and students;
  • Provide a platform for traditional organic farmers and help in creating market linkages for their products;
  • Provide a platform for herbal medicines based on traditional knowledge and innovations;
  • Encourage dialogue between students and innovators and thus encourage the spirit of innovation and creativity; and,
  • Present and popularize folklore, folk songs, folk tales, art, forgotten traditional music instruments.