Benefit-Sharing Model To Support Kani Tribes And The Tribal Community In Attapadi

Though the first ever benefit-sharing project to develop a health drug with the help of tribals was shelved in 2008, discussions to revive the project are currently underway. Jeevani — the general health tonic and herbal drug — was developed by the Tropical Botanical Garden Research Institute (TBGRI) in collaboration with Kani tribals. The institute has now mooted a fresh proposal to revive the project. The drug is expected to benefit the Kani tribes here as well as those at Attapadi in Palakkad.