•  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself who gave them certificates of appreciation .. The tribals hailing from Orissa’s most backward district received the GIAHS citation of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

  • Koraput has been recognised among the world’s 20 “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems” (GIAHS) sites.

  • Fortytwo-year-old Chandra Pradhan  and 28-year-old Raila Muduli (28) have been using traditional farming methods to promote food security and bio-diversity in their villages. The region is home to one of the oldest gene pools of rice.