Deepa Pullanikkatil's profile
Exciting book I am working on now!
Moving out of poverty using NTFPs - Personal stories from the developing world
Prof. Charlie Shackleton (Research chair in Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods, Rhodes University) and I are considering the possibility of a book, the main purpose of which would be to present and illustrate the human side of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) and their capacity for changing lives and poverty alleviation of some.
The rationale for the proposed book is simple. There has been much academic and policy debate on the potential of NTFPs to alleviate poverty. The summary, quantitative stats may indicate that the potential is low, yet NTFPs certainly do provide an avenue out of poverty for some. In the quantitative analysis of the monetary values and percentages, the personal stories of those who have moved out of poverty have been lost. This book will provide a suite of life stories and narratives of people who have lifted themselves out of poverty through trade in NTFPs. This is an exciting chance to write narrative stories that will provide a human touch and a voice to NTFP users.
We are thus seeking case studies from different settings around the world. Interested? For more information- Click here
An Environmental Management professional with an engineering background, Deepa Pullanikkatil has fifteen years of work experience in developing countries of Malawi, Lesotho, India and Swaziland and travelled to 18 countries for presenting papers and/or on work related visits. She worked at “Leadership for Environment And Development (LEAD) Southern and Eastern Africa” based in Malawi from 2010-2014 before moving to Swaziland where she is currently based. She has a B Tech degree in Civil Engineering (India), Post Graduate Diploma in Management (India), Masters in Environmental Management (University of Free State, South Africa) and a PhD in Environmental Science from North West University, South Africa. Her interest areas include climate change adaptation, ecosystems services studies and water resources management. She has undertaken consultancy work for UNDP, UNEP, Governments of Malawi and Swaziland, GIZ and SADC. Currently Deepa is undertaking a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Rhodes University researching on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.
Besides environmental science, her other passion is undertaking non-profit work and helping bring abundance to needy communities. She has been involved in charitable causes in India (www.manifesthumanity.org) and is embarking on poverty reduction and environmental protection in Malawi in Lake Chilwa Basin through her non-profit organization ABUNDANCE (www.abundanceworldwide.weebly.com). Deepa is granddaughter of award winning Malayalam writer Tatapuram Sukumaran, who has influenced her deeply.