Step 2 – Participatory community and stakeholder mapping

Why this Step?

In the toolkit, participatory mapping is seen as an entry point activity to understand the community’s practices and perceptions related to food production, food availability, access and consumption. It is a documentation of the mental maps of different groups within the same community/ village boundaries divided according to gender, caste/ethnic groups, age, landholdings, and access to resources. The mapping exercises are useful to build rapport with the community and obtain an understanding of the physical characteristics (transect walk), natural resource situation (resource mapping), local social dynamics (social mapping) and important individuals and institutions (stakeholder mapping) that can be used later to identify key informants and stakeholders.