A programme on “Nutrition Smart Village” will be initiated to strengthen the Poshan Abhiyan as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The Prime Minister has flagged off a commemorative ‘Dandi March’ (on 12th March) to launch the celebrations of the 75th year of Independence – ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
This new initiative aims to reach out to 75 villages across India through the network of All India Coordinated Research Project on Women in Agriculture (AICRP-WIA) which is in operation at 13 centres in 12 States of India besides the coordinating institute located at Bhubaneswar.
Promoting nutritional awareness, education and behavioural change in rural areas involving farm women and school children, harnessing traditional knowledge through the local recipe to overcome malnutrition and implementing nutrition-sensitive agriculture through homestead agriculture and Nutri-garden.
- To achieve the goal of Malnutrition free villages, intensive awareness campaigns and field activities will be undertaken focusing on the concept of Nutri-village / Nutri-food / Nutri-diet/ Nutri-thali etc. for strengthening the Poshan Abhiyan.
- Awareness among the women farmers will also be created about their legal rights in all walks of life. The products/tools/technologies developed by AICRP centres will be evaluated through multi-location trials.
Nutrition Smart Village – A Concept
An informed village is the one that understands ‘nutrition’ in its practical terms and takes appropriate steps to address them. It is a village where –
- There is no hunger and food insecurity.
- All families are aware about the importance of ‘First 1000 days- window of opportunities’, for healthy children and healthy mothers. Good nutrition in this time period ensures the best possible start in life and long-term benefits.
- Community is aware of the linkages between agriculture, natural resources, WASH, income and nutrition education with nutrition.
- Every woman in the reproductive age group and adolescent children consume at least 5 food groups out of 10 on a regular basis.
- Every child receives a home cooked balanced diet in appropriate frequency and consistency.
- An active village committee which promotes interconnections between agriculture, natural resources, WASH, nutrition, and protection of natural habitats.
- Families grow and buy safe, seasonal and locally produced food.
- Communities control the local ‘haat’ or market by creating the demand for safe and environment friendly products.
- The community values uncultivated foods and traditional recipes.
- Every family has access to safe drinking water.
- Every family maintains safe sanitation and hand washing practices.
- Communities are aware of the government schemes and entitlements and can demand for their rights and entitlements.
Malnutrition occurs from deficiencies, excesses, or imbalances in an individual’s intake of nutritious food that provide one’s body with energy and/or nutrients. Malnutrition manifests itself in three forms: undernutrition, micronutrient-related malnutrition and diet-related non-communicable diseases mainly due to a person being overweight or obese. Combating malnutrition in all its forms is a global health challenge as every country is affected by one or more forms of malnutrition.