This is a UPNRM project implemented by Sambandh in two districts of northern Orissa:
Medicinal plants have a recognized medical use. They range from plants which are used in production of mainstream pharmaceutical products to plants used in herbal medicine preparation. Sambandh supports families in Orissa involved in the traditional medicinal plant business to manage and sustain medicinal plants. The project organizes local SHGs, plant gatherers, plant cultivators and herbal medicine healers in a community-owned producer company and trains them. Moreover, a knowledge management network has been established to capture field experience and traditional knowledge.