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Indian villagers reap rewards of restoring common land

By Manipadma Jena >>BHUBANESWAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Heading to the farmers’ fair on the outskirts of Angul, an industrial town in India’s eastern state of Odisha, there’s not a cow to be seen along the roadside.

The 52-year-old headman of the local Juang tribe, Bhagban Pradhan, explains that it’s the season when communities feed their livestock in sheds to give their collectively managed grazing land and forest time to regenerate.