Foods: nutrition, tradition and the price of memory

Foods: nutrition, tradition and the price of memory

Abstract Submitted to World Breastfeeding Conference |
to be presented in the session : Forgotten Foods – Use of local foods for complementary feeding

I would like to discuss two cases, from Srikakulam and Khammam Districts respectively, of people’s experience with traditional foods, the obstacles people face in “remembering” them, and the impact this has on people’s breastfeeding, health and the social fabric of life.

Nutritional supplementation with local millets.

In rural Srikakulam District, a program of nutritional supplementation with local millets has been in place for 5 years. Run by an NGO, AID-India, the program targets malnourished children below the age of 5, and has successfully brought the children to normal weight as per ICDS weight charts. However obstacles remain in restoring millets as a normal part of the local diet – it is fast becoming or has already become a “forgotten food.” It is not procured by PDS, not served in ICDS, and not supported in agricultural policy in spite of its demonstrated value for individual health, farmer’s livelihood, and land.

At the same time, we observe that communities still practicing traditional diet with not just one but several varieties of local millets as part of their diet, are facing threat of extinction. One example is the Koya adivasis, forced to flee their homes and lands, and now living as Internally Displaced Persons without land.

Update – To Be presented on Dec 8, 2012:

Note from JP Dadhich <>:

Greetings from Organising Committee of World Breastfeeding Conference 2012!
We are pleased to inform you that the abstract for the presentation submitted by you for World Breastfeeding Conference to be held on 6th-9th December, 2012 in New Delhi has been accepted for oral presentation in conference programme on 08/12/2012 at 16.30-18.00 hrs.
Your presentation has been scheduled for the session TS-14 (Research papers on various aspects of infant feeding) as indicated below in session summary.

Technical Session – 14 Research papers on various aspects of infant feeding


Title of paper




Foods: nutrition, tradition and the price of memory

Aravinda Pillalamarri



Desogestrel mini pill: Is this safe in lactating mother-A prospective Study

Dr Dilip Kumar Dutta



Breastfeeding and equality

Nicola Adolphe



Impact of the promotion of breastfeeding support for women in four hospitals in the Pacific island country of Solomon Islands.

James Auto, Divi Ogaoga, Shakila Naidu

Solomon Islands


Microbiological assessment of expressed and stored breast milk of lactating mothers in Abia state, Nigeria

Ukegbu PO Uwaegbute AC, Ijeh, II, Ukegbu AU



FoneAstra: Improving safety and monitoring systems for low-tech human milk banks

Rohit Chaudhri, Lysander Menezes, Anna Coutsoudis, Penny Reimers, Darivanh Vlachos, Maya Newman, Kimberly Amundson, Noah Perin, Kiersten Israel-Ballard


Each speaker will be allotted 8-10 minutes for completing the presentation. We’re looking forward to your participation at the conference.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please Note: If you are not the author presenting your paper, please forward this message to your co-author who is doing the presentation.

Dr. JP Dadhich MD,FNNF
Organising Secretary, World Breastfeeding Conference (WBC-2012)
National Coordinator, Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI),
Consultant, Breastfeeding and HIV – IBFAN Asia,
Co-coordinator, WABA Taskforce on Global Advocacy,
South Asia Regional Focal Point Coordinator for WABA


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