Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Shreya Chaudhuri L&S Social Sciences

Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Agroforestry in Indian Tea

My family’s roots belong to the land of Dibrugarh, Assam – the tea capital of India. From exploitation at the hands of the British Raj to decolonization with my ancestors rematriating land, the tea farm that we have tended to has undergone many transformations. India’s tea industry, which has colonial roots, is one of the largest in the world, exporting $709,000,000 of tea annually. Recently, there has been rampant corporatization of the tea industry, which is supported by a $7.8 billion investment from the World Bank. Our land is dying, and our culture is disappearing. To protect the land rights of small tea growers and our ancestral wisdom of land-caretaking, I will conduct research on Indigenous knowledge of Assam in relation to agroforestry. Through oral histories, interviews, literature/data review, and archival research, I will build a database to consolidate our Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and analyze possible methods of implementation. Researching the Indigenous wisdom of land caretaking in eastern India will be a small step towards our collective liberation on ancestral land.

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Thank you for supporting my research! I am deeply grateful for this opportunity. Your generous donation is helping me protect and preserve the Indigenous knowledge systems that my family has engaged with for generations.
Major: Geography and Environmental Sciences
Mentor: Diana Negrin
Sponsor: Wishek Fund
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