Kerala Kani Community Welfare Trust

The Kerala Kani Community Welfare Trust is the result of an innovative partnership between a community of the indigenous Kani people, based in the Western Ghats, Kerala, and a private institute that has developed a medicinal product using local genetic resources and traditional knowledge. The discovery of the medicinal qualities of the Arogyapacha plant (Trichopus zeylanicus) was based on its local use for its anti-fatigue properties.

A long process of phytochemical, ethno-pharmacological and toxicological research by a local research institute led to the development of a herbal formulation for use in the production of a licensed herbal drug called 'Jeevani'. Revenues from the license to manufacture the drug and royalties from its sale have been divided between the institute and the Kani community; these funds formed the basis of the trust, established in 1997 to oversee their reinvestment in community welfare projects.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2002

Founded: 1997

Location: Western Ghats, Kerala

Beneficiaries: Indigenous Kani tribe

Biodiversity: Trichopus zeylanicus


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Contact Information

Dr. Sudershan Kumar, Scientist
National Botanical Research Institute
Lucknow 226001
(91) 0522 6529 122

Dr. P. Pushpangadan, Director
National Botanical Research Institute
Lucknow 226001


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